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What Rights Do Workers Have As The Economy Reopens?10:46
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A waitress wearing a protective mask carries a tray as she cleans the tables. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)
A waitress wearing a protective mask carries a tray as she cleans the tables. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

More than seven months after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, large segments of the economy are reopening. That includes businesses, offices and restaurants, as well as entertainment and cultural institutions like museums and cinemas.

But what are the rights of the people who will be working there? Can they decide not to work if they feel unsafe? And what protections are employers required to provide?

Sharon Block is executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and co-author of the Clean Slate report which provides pandemic recommendations for employers and employees. She joins host Robin Young to discuss the issue.

This segment aired on September 30, 2020.

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