This Seminar starts at 2:00PM EST
The COVID-19 pandemic has put worker health and safety at the forefront of the news. Over half the workforce of Cargill’s meatpacking plant in High River, Alberta contracted the virus, resulting in at least three deaths. SEIU Healthcare, a union representing front line workers, asked police to investigate after three personal care attendants died from COVID-19, which they had contracted at work. Occupational health and safety law is intended to ensure that workplaces are safe, but not many lawyers have any familiarity with it. Few law schools offer dedicated occupational health and safety courses, while in some others OHS may be touched upon in a related course, but in most the topic is entirely absent from the curriculum. This session aims to address this deficit by providing law professors teaching in adjacent areas of law (e.g., labour & employment; business associations law) with knowledge and strategies for incorporating basic occupational health and safety law into their courses
The goals of this session are two fold:
(1) To provide law professors with a primer on occupational health and safety law, so that they feel more comfortable incorporating it into their classes, and
(2) To provide law professors with space to consider where and how they might incorporate materials on occupational health and safety into their courses.
Eric Tucker (Presenter), Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Anna Lund (Moderator), Associate Professor at University of Alberta, Faculty of Law