Labour and Employment Communiqué

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April 8, 2021

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COVID-19 vaccinations and infectious disease emergency leave

Zeinab Yousif

UPDATE:  This amendment to the Guide was removed following publication of this article.   When dealing with employees who fail or refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine, employers in Ontario may wish to consider, among other things, whether such employee(s)...


OHRT releases important decision on family status discrimination

Catherine Phelps

In Kovintharajah v Paragon Linen & Laundry Services Inc.,[1] the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) provided clarity on the test for family status discrimination and awarded one of the highest ever damages awards for this class of discrimination....


Arbitrator finds paid sick leave not required in some COVID-19 situations

Dustin Gillanders

In a recent Saskatchewan arbitration decision, UFCW, Loc. 1400 v P&H Milling Group, it was decided that an employer was not required to pay sick leave to employees who: recently returned from outside of Canada and were required by a...


BC creates vaccination leave and expands COVID-19 leave

Lisa Goodfellow, Jenifer C. Gentle

The Employment Standards Regulation, BC Reg 396/95, has been amended to create an unpaid leave for employees who require leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to assist a dependant who is being vaccinated against COVID-19. The length of the...


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