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SESSION 6 Queen's Int'l Institute on Social Policy - BUILDING BACK BETTER: Forging a post-pandemic social contract

Thursday, September 3, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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BUILDING BACK BETTER: Forging a post-pandemic social contract that works for all

A weekly series of on-line moderated discussions between August 25 and September 10, 2020

2020 Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy conference will explore how Canada and other OECD countries can rethink and reset critical building blocks of social policy in light of the fault lines exposed by the current crisis.

SESSION 6 - Rethinking labour protection

In recent years, the impact of technological change and the changing nature of work have put the spotlight on employment standards and labour protection issues. The pandemic-economic crisis has thrown these issues into even starker relief. It has exposed gaps in employment standards and health and safety provisions for part time, contract and migrant workers, often in essential services, and those working in the gig economy. What have we learned from this crisis about labour protection and employment standards? What does the research show about the best policy mix?  


  • Janine Berg, Senior Economist, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Kevin Banks, Associate Professor and Director of the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Queen’s University

Moderator: Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers, Atkinson Foundation

Chris Cornish
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