This book is a first stab at explaining the ways that COVID-19 has thus far affected work law – mostly in the U.S. with a comparative look at few other countries. The book is a work in progress. Just as the pandemic is ongoing, we are adding and updating contributions to this book as we go as events and information change. To that end, feel free to email comments and suggestions – including what we missed and what we got wrong.

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Why read this book

This book is for you if you want to know more about COVID-19’s effect on work law, but don’t have the training, time, or patience to read the law itself or traditional legal commentary. As a result, the contributions are relatively short, but with links to cited primary and secondary sources if you want to dig deeper. The focus is mostly on the United States with a few cross-country comparisons.


Michael C. Duff is a Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming.

David Doorey is an Associate Professor of Work Law at York University.

Anthony Forsyth is a Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University.

Jeffrey M. Hirsch is the Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina.

Sachin S. Pandya is a Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut.

Elizabeth Pendo is the Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law at Saint Louis University.

Elizabeth Tippett is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Oregon.

Deborah Widiss is a Professor of Law at Indiana University.

Ruqaiijah Yearby is a Professor of Law at Saint Louis University.


This book was built with R version 4.0.2 (2020-06-22) and bookdown (Y. Xie 2020), and various other packages, including DT, ggplot2, gganimate, statebins and timevis (Y. Xie, Cheng, and Tan 2020; Wickham et al. 2020; Pedersen and Robinson 2020; Rudis 2020; Attali and Almende B.V. 2020).


Attali, Dean, and Almende B.V. 2020. Timevis: Create Interactive Timeline Visualizations in R.

Pedersen, Thomas Lin, and David Robinson. 2020. gganimate: A Grammar of Animated Graphics.

Rudis, Bob. 2020. statebins: Create United States Uniform Cartogram Heatmaps.

Wickham, Hadley, Winston Chang, Lionel Henry, Thomas Lin Pedersen, Kohske Takahashi, Claus Wilke, Kara Woo, Hiroaki Yutani, and Dewey Dunnington. 2020. ggplot2: Create Elegant Data Visualisations Using the Grammar of Graphics.

Xie, Yihui. 2020. Bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown.

Xie, Yihui, Joe Cheng, and Xianying Tan. 2020. DT: A Wrapper of the Javascript Library ’Datatables’.