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Oct 5, 2021

By Danielle Jager

Court Throws out Challenge to Government of Saskatchewan Vaccination Policy

A growing number of provinces are implementing vaccine mandates requiring proof of vaccination to attend social events, participate in recreational...

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Sep 29, 2021

By Charles Binns

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ISSUES POLICY STATEMENT ON VACCINE MANDATES AND PROOF OF VACCINE STATUS

As of September 22, 2021, many businesses are required to screen their patrons for proof of vaccination as a condition of entry. On the same day, t...

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Sep 23, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

SO YOU THINK YOU’RE EXEMPT? DISCUSSING ONTARIO’S MEDICAL AND RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS FROM COVID-19 VACCINATION

Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine passport system is sparking a growing conversation on what counts as a valid medical or religious exemption. Individuals...

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Sep 1, 2021

By Charles Binns

CURRENT VACCINE POLICY MANDATES IN ONTARIO

As we blogged about previously, the Ontario and Federal governments have begun to make COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in certain workplace...

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Jun 30, 2021

New OHSA Regulations to Streamline Reporting

The Province of Ontario has passed new Regulations to streamline reporting requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) which w...

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Jun 16, 2021

By Charles Binns

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYER’S COVID-19 TESTING POLICY UPHELD AS REASONABLE

Employers can implement COVID-19 testing as a condition of accessing the workplace in appropriate circumstances according to a recent decision from...

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Jun 3, 2021

By Jay Rider

NO PROOF (OF VACCINATION) NO PAY – ARBITRATOR CONFIRMS EMPLOYER’S RIGHT TO PLACE EMPLOYEE ON UNPAID LEAVE PENDING PROOF OF VACCINATION FOLLOWING WORKPLACE EXPOSURE

An Alberta arbitrator recently determined that the Alberta Health Services (AHS) was not in violation of the law when it held a nurse out of work w...

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Jun 1, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

ONTARIO MANDATES VACCINATION AND VACCINE POLICIES IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

Ontario announced on May 31, 2021 that staff at long-term-care homes across Ontario will have to either prove they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine,...

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Apr 28, 2021

By Brandon Loehle

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: ONTARIO TO INTRODUCE PAID COVID-19 LEAVE

Paid Leave The Ontario government has announced that they will introduce legislation that would, if passed, require employers to provide employees ...

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Apr 21, 2021

Stricter Orders from Peel Public Health Include Mandatory Workplace Shutdowns

On April 20, 2021 Peel Public Health announced a new Order pursuant to section 22(5.0.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, RSO 1990, c H....

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Apr 19, 2021

By Mike MacLellan

COVID-19: Non-Essential Construction is Shut Down…Again (But What Does That Really Mean?)

In reaction to a spiking third wave of COVID-19 cases across the province, the Ontario government has implemented new emergency orders, this time i...

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Apr 16, 2021

By Cristina Tomaino

BREAKING: Ontario Announces New Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Surge

Ontario is well into the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and our collective hopes for a relatively normal summer are growing dimmer by the day....

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Apr 7, 2021

By Cristina Tomaino

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal “Unmasks” Unsubstantiated Discrimination Allegations and Delivers Common-Sense Decision on Masking Policies

A very recent screening decision out of British Columbia provides some welcome reassurance to businesses attempting to enforce masking requirements...

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Apr 1, 2021

By Cristina Tomaino

COVID-19 Shutdown: Ontario Implements a Province-wide Emergency Brake on Community Transmission

As we are all unfortunately well-aware, COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise and intensive care units across the province are, once again, tee...

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Feb 8, 2021

By Arjun Dhir

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: ONTARIO TO GRADUALLY LIFT STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE

Premier Doug Ford commenced his press conference this afternoon by declaring that, "Today we're seeing some sunlight break through the clouds.&rdqu...

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Jan 13, 2021

UPDATED - BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE NEW STAY AT HOME ORDER AND O. REG 11/21

In response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the real and looming threat of the collapse of the province's hospital system ...

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Dec 24, 2020

By Brandon Loehle

IGNORING THE RULES DOESN’T FLY: AIRPORT EMPLOYEE’S TERMINATION FOR NOT FOLLOWING COVID-19 GUIDELINES UPHELD BY ARBITRATOR

A recent decision from Arbitrator Brian Keller in Garda Security Screening Inc. v. IAM, District 140 (Shoker Grievance), [2020] O.L.A.A. No. 162 de...

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Dec 21, 2020

By Charles Binns

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: ONTARIO ENTERING PROVINCE-WIDE LOCKDOWN STARTING BOXING DAY

Province-Wide Lockdown The much anticipated news of stricter lockdowns across Ontario has arrived. This afternoon Doug Ford announced that Ontario ...

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Dec 17, 2020

By Brandon Loehle

BREAKING COVID-19 NEWS: DEEMED INFECTIOUS DISEASE EMERGENCY LEAVE IS EXTENDED TO JULY 3, 2021

In a move that gives employers some certainty as we head into the New Year, the Ontario government has extended O. Reg 228/20: Infectious Disease E...

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Dec 16, 2020

By Brandon Loehle

CAN EMPLOYEES BE FORCED TO TAKE THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

As Canadians anxiously await the arrival of approved vaccines for COVID-19, employers and employees are beginning to examine how this might impact ...

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