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Regulating health and safety and workers' compensation in Canada for the mobile workforce: Now you see them, now you don't

Lippel, Katherine and Walters, David 2019. Regulating health and safety and workers' compensation in Canada for the mobile workforce: Now you see them, now you don't. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 29 (3) , pp. 317-348. 10.1177/1048291119868805

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Abstract

Although much research has examined the occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers’ compensation (WC) implications of precarious employment and temporary international labor migration, little is known about the implications of diverse types of employment-related geographic mobility for regulatory effectiveness of OHS and WC. This article examines different types of extended mobility to determine regulatory effectiveness of OHS and WC protections. Based on classic legal analysis in seven Canadian jurisdictions, and interviews with key informants, we found that the invisibility of the internally mobile workforce, as well as the alternating visibility and invisibility of temporary foreign workers, contribute to reduced effectiveness of the OHS and WC regulation. Results point to the need for better protections to address working conditions, but also the hazards and challenges associated with mobility itself including getting to and from work, living at work, and maintaining work–life balance while living at the worksite.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1048-2911
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 17 July 2019
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 05:39
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/126087

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