Employer News

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Lifts Interim Injunction Against Dismissal of Employees for Non-Compliance with Mandatory Vaccination Policy

In Blake v University Health Network, the Court lifted an interim injunction that it had previously issued to preserve the employment status quo in a case involving an application by a group of employees at Toronto’s University Health Network challenging the validity of UHN’s recently adopted mandatory vaccination policy. more >

Appellate Court Finds Sufficient Notice Provided for Termination Provisions in Stock Award Agreement

In a welcome decision for employers, the Ontario Court of Appeal foundthat a former employee who provided online acknowledgement of having read, understood and accepted the provisions of a stock award agreement via email, including the disputed termination provisions, had been given sufficient notice of those terms to make the termination provisions enforceable. more >

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 >