Policy Forum: Non-Standard Employment and Canada’s Initial Pandemic Response

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Despite public attention to gig workers and their potential mis-classification as independent contractors, much flexible work already takes place in the sphere of formal employment. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market suggests that non-standard employees may be even more vulnerable than the self-employed. This article suggests that traditional employment insurance and related programs inadequately serve flexible employees, and policies targeted at the intensive margins of employment are needed to help precarious workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-486
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Tax Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Law

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