Closing the Enforcement Gap: The Pandemic and Precarious Employment

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Closing the Enforcement Gap: The Pandemic and Precarious Employment

Leah Vosko interviewed by Bruce Kecskes and Amadeus Narbutt

As of March 15th, Ontario will have spent a full year in some form of lockdown. More than 22,000 Ontarians have died from COVID-19, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost, and the insufficiency of both the economic and public health responses have caused the burden of insecurity and illness to fall disproportionately on the backs of the most vulnerable people living in the province. Through this crisis, labour, precarity, and the future of work have been a salient topic – from the concept of ‘essential work’ to the Canada Emergency... Response Benefit (CERB) and unemployment benefits.

To reflect back on this year, Bruce Kecskes and Amadeus Narbutt of the Scarlett Standard podcast interviewed Leah Vosko about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on employment standards, essential work, precarious employment, and migrant farm workers.

Leah F. Vosko is Professor of Political Science at York University and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work. The discussion explores topics found in her new co-authored book Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs, a collaborative project, flowing from a community-university partnership.

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