Employer News

Looking for information on emerging trends and developments in labour and employment law? Check here regularly for the latest updates on issues that could impact your workplace.

COVID-19 Update: Ontario and Federal Government Announce Vaccination Policies

On August 17, 2021, the Ontario Government announced that some high-risk organizations will be required to have mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. The Ontario Government’s announcement comes shortly after the Government of Canada’s announcement on August 13, 2021, that it intends to require all employees across the federal public service to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as the end of September. more >

COVID-19 in the Workplace: A Look at Mandatory Testing Policies

Some Ontario employers have taken action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace by introducing mandatory COVID-19 testing policies. The issue of whether an employer can legally introduce a mandatory COVID-19 testing policy has been considered in at least three Ontario arbitration decisions of note. more >

COVID-19 in the Workplace: A Look at Mandatory Vaccination Policies

For some Ontario employers, a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy may be advisable given their duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. However, employers wishing to implement such a policy will need to balance workplace safety concerns against employees’ contractual, privacy, and human rights. more >

COVID-19 Temporary Layoffs May Constitute Constructive Dismissal at Common Law

On April 27, 2021, the Ontario Superior Court issued its decision in Coutinho v Ocular Health Centre Ltd., which appears to be the first reported case to consider Ontario Regulation 288/20, the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation. The Court held that the IDEL Regulation does not affect an employee’s right to pursue a civil claim for constructive dismissal at common law. more >

Ontario Implements Paid Sick Leave for Reasons Related to COVID-19

Bill 284, which received Royal Assent on April 29, 2021 and is now in force, implements Ontario’s Worker Income Protection Benefit, amending the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to require employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19. more >