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  • Paper: Work-refusal safety laws serve employees poorly during pandemic

    Photo of Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    Current work-refusal laws are out-of-step with modern workplaces and provide meager benefits to employees who decline to work when faced with risks involving chemicals, radiation and other microscopic or invisible hazards such as COVID-19, says research from Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Michael LeRoy, call 217-244-4092; email

    The paper “Refusing work to avoid serious injury or death: An empirical study of legal protections before and during COVID-19” is available through the News Bureau.