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Closing the Enforcement Gap

Improving Employment Standards Protections for People in Precarious Jobs

The sole source of protection for many workers in precarious jobs, this book reveals gaps in the enforcement of employment standards in Ontario, Canada, and offers a bold vision for change drawing on innovative initiatives emerging elsewhere.

Author Information

VoskoLeah Faith:

Leah F. Vosko is a professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work at York University.


Gerhard Bosch, Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Fakultät für Gesellschaftswissenschaften:

"The great merit of this book is that it charted it detail enforcement gaps of considerable depths in Ontario. The fragmentation of companies with extended supply chains and an increasing share of precarious workers have created create an environment where violations of basic workplace laws are everyday occurrences. The authors conclude that enforcement strategies are obviously not keeping up with these workplace changes. Fortunately the reader is not left with this bleak picture. Innovative enforcement strategies in other countries, which are analyzed in detail, give hope that there is nothing inevitable about leaving so many employees so poorly protected."     

"A must to read for everyone who wants to understand why violations of basic workplace laws are everyday occurrences and want to understand how vulnerable employees can be better protected"

Janice Fine, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University:

"For those who want to understand what happens in the implementation phase, after labor laws are passed, and the limitations of our current systems of labor standards enforcement, this is an incredibly important book by one of the foremost experts in our field and her talented team. It is exhaustively researched and nuanced but never loses the forest for the trees. Important questions about agency practices are wrestled to the ground and theory is elegantly integrated throughout."

Sara Charlesworth, School of Management, RMIT University:

"This is an exemplar case study in mixed methods research. It shows the value of a thorough integration of rigorous quantitative analysis with rich interview data, complemented by archival, policy, and regulatory analysis. An important scaffolding of this book, often missing in studies of enforcement, is the attention paid to structural barriers to adequate enforcement - in particular, feminization, racialization, and migration and citizenship status. The analysis draws attention to the ways in which these barriers intersect -- exemplifying the benefits of using critical and feminist political economy conceptual framings."

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;