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
Date Written: November 2, 2020
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.
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