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Dec 15, 2021

FEDERAL COURT REFUSES TO ISSUE INJUNCTION, RULING THAT MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY DOES NOT FORCE EMPLOYEES TO GET VACCINATED

It may seem strange to reason that a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy does not in fact force someone to get vaccinated, but that is exactly wh...

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Nov 18, 2021

By Charles Binns

ARBITRATOR UPHOLDS COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY REQUIRING TESTING FOR UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEES

In our latest two blogs, which you can find here and here, we have summarized recent arbitration decisions dealing with the reasonableness of vario...

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Nov 11, 2021

By Kelsey Orth

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY SURVIVES CHALLENGE AT ARBITRATION

In one of the first decisions to be released in Ontario on the subject, an arbitrator has upheld a mandatory vaccination policy that was challenged...

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Oct 25, 2021

ONTARIO RELEASES PLAN TO GRADUALLY LIFT REMAINING PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY MEASURES

On October 22, 2021 the Ontario government announced that it has released a plan, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, which o...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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