COVID-19 has exposed how poorly workers in Canada are protected. Gaps in sickness and caregiving leaves are particularly problematic in a pandemic where staying home when sick or caring for others who are sick can help stop the spread of a highly contagious virus.
A new article from Eric Tucker, Leah Vosko and Sarah Marsden examines sickness and caregiving leaves from a feminist political economy framework, asking what we owe workers as a matter of common humanity. The article lays out options for transformative alternatives built upon the principles of universality, sufficiency, security, and flexibility.
This open-access article can be accessed here: https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/scholarly_works/2810/