What We Owe Workers as a Matter of Common Humanity: Sickness and Caregiving Leaves and Pay in the Age of Pandemics

46 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2020

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Eric Tucker

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School; Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Leah F. Vosko

York University - Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Sarah Marsden

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 2, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the limits of many areas of law and they have been found wanting. Sickness and caregiving leaves, paid and unpaid, are one, and as those limits quickly became apparent, all Canadian jurisdictions expanded workers’ leave rights and the federal government created income replacement schemes for workers taking these leaves.2 Suddenly, entitlements that seemed beyond the realm of the politically possible were enacted into law with little resistance. Perhaps it took a pandemic for us to rediscover or, at least, expand the scope of our common humanity.

Suggested Citation

Tucker, Eric and Vosko, Leah F. and Marsden, Sarah, What We Owe Workers as a Matter of Common Humanity: Sickness and Caregiving Leaves and Pay in the Age of Pandemics (November 2, 2020). Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3723890 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3723890

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Leah F. Vosko

York University - Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Sarah Marsden

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law

Kamloops, British Columbia
Canada

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