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Published on: 22 Jan 2021 By

Can employers require COVID-19 vaccinations?

COVID-19 may have brought Canadians together in many ways, but a number of issues surrounding the pandemic have proven to be divisive on some level. Masking policies, stay at home orders, the forced shut down of many businesses, government compensation schemes or the lack thereof, testing ra…

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Published on: 15 Jan 2021 By

Employers should brace themselves for more workplace inspections

The Ontario Minister of Labour has announced that it will be increasing workplace inspections to ensure employers are operating safely as part of its Stay Safe All Day campaign to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  What sectors will be most affected? The campaign is said to focus on workplaces …

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Published on: 4 Jan 2021 By

2021: COVID-19 is still here and employers must remain vigilant

2020 was quite the year for all of us, including employers. As COVID-19 walloped the globe, many businesses were forced to temporarily close due to regional or provincewide lockdowns.  Many are wondering what is in store for 2021. Ultimately, no one knows, but with vaccines starting to be ro…

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Published on: 23 Nov 2020 By

Conducting workplace investigations COVID-style

As the COVID-19 pandemic carries on in Canada, it is becoming apparent that virtual workplace investigations may be here to stay for longer than we anticipated and most likely permanently. For many workplace investigators, virtually investigating was a new way of doing things and with nearly…

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Published on: 6 Nov 2020 By

Ontario’s new restriction framework and what that means for Ontario businesses

Consistent with the ever-changing nature of rules and regulations around COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has announced a rehauling of the COVID-19 alert framework we have become accustomed to (Stages 1-3), by way of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, effective Saturday November 7…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

Leaves, layoffs and terminations: COVID’s impact on Ontario’s workplaces

In the ever-changing employment law landscape of 2020, it can be hard to keep pace and understand your options and responsibilities for your workforce. This blog will discuss some of our clients’ frequently asked questions about leaves, layoffs and terminations. Covid Related Leaves of Absen…

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Published on: 5 Oct 2020 By

It’ll never happen to us: Union avoidance in the age of COVID-19

Union organizing campaigns can start in several different ways, however many find at their root a feeling among employees of unfair or unequal treatment by their employer. Sometimes the friction point is pay and benefits, other times it is entitlement to a benefit or advantage that others ma…

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Published on: 1 Oct 2020 By

New COVID-19 screening requirement for businesses and organizations

On Friday, September 25th, the Ontario government announced that, effective September 26th all Ontario businesses must comply with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (the “Chief Medical Officer”) on screening for COVID-19.…

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