IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Sick Leave and Social Distancing in the Age of Precarious Employment: Understanding Workplace Conditions and Choices to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission


This research will uncover how individuals in precarious employment understand and weigh choices and navigate recommendations to mitigate the spread of illness, specifically COVID-19, given the strong precarious employment conditions and economic security. The research team will investigate workers’ employment conditions and their reasoning about health risks and sick leave to reveal how precarious employment shapes the social dynamics of disease transmission and vulnerability.

The specific goal is to identify viable conditions for preventing COVID-19 transmission in precarious work environments by developing strategies to address the unique circumstances of this population.

This research was selected following a call for proposals for research projects related to COVID-19.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2020-0060
Status: Ongoing
  • Daniel Côté (IRSST)
  • Ellen MacEachen (Université de Waterloo)
  • Marie Laberge (Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine)
  • Shannon Majowicz (Université de Waterloo)
  • Samantha Meyer (Université de Waterloo)
  • Jessica Dubé (IRSST)