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What are helpful tips for maintaining a safe workplace during COVID-19?

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to take all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of their employees. Some helpful tips to maintain a safe workplace…

Are employees entitled to reasonable notice or severance pay if they are dismissed for not being vaccinated against COVID-19?

Employees are generally entitled to reasonable notice or pay in lieu of reasonable notice when their employer decides to terminate their employment. However, if the employer successfully establishes that the…

What should employers consider before implementing a mandatory vaccine policy?

An employer should consider whether a “one size fits all” policy that uniformly applies to all employees is best, or if it is more appropriate to use a case-by-case approach.…

Can I be dismissed for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination?

No. There is generally limited recourse for your employer if you refuse to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. However, depending on the workplace, your employer may be within their discretion to…

Can my employer implement a mandatory vaccination policy in response to COVID-19?

While mandatory vaccination with respect to COVID-19 remains unclear, it is unlikely that employers will be able to implement and enforce a requirement to get vaccinated without an order from…

Is there any financial assistance available if I am not eligible for regular employment insurance (“EI”)?

With the closure of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”), the Government of Canada has introduced the Canada Recovery Benefit (“CRB”). The CRB provides income support to employed and self-employed…

As an employer, is it possible to avoid laying off my employees due to the negative impacts on my business in relation to COVID-19?

On April 11, 2020, the federal government implemented the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”). The CEWS is designed to enable employers to keep their employees on payroll while contributing to…

Can an employee refuse to come into work over a fear of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19?

While there are circumstances where an employee could refuse work over a fear of contracting or being exposed to COVID-19, employees should be careful to avoid refusing to work unreasonably…

I am a temporary foreign worker who has been fired amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I received a new offer of employment from a Canadian employer. How can I change employers and begin working as soon as possible?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued a temporary public policy permitting temporary foreign workers to quickly change employers by creating exemptions…