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Disability accommodation in nonstandard and precarious employment arrangements

TitleDisability accommodation in nonstandard and precarious employment arrangements
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKim, S., and Jovic E.
JournalWork and Occupations
Pages174 - 205

This study, based on data from a large nationally representative sample of Canadian workers with disabilities, examines the relationship between employment arrangements and the accommodation of disability in the workplace. We address whether workers with disabilities in nonstandard arrangements are more likely to have unmet accommodation needs and if other key dimensions of precarious employment mediate the relationship between nonstandard work and accommodation. Results from multivariate models suggest that despite disability legislation, practices of workplace disability accommodation parallel the unequal distribution of other labor market protections, with workers in more precarious arrangements (i.e. those in nonpermanent, low-wage, and nonunion jobs) at greater risk of having unmet needs.