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I contracted the COVID-19 virus at work. Can I sue my employer?

Generally, no. Where an employee falls ill at work with the COVID-19 virus, in most cases the employee will not be able to sue their employer. This is because workers’…

My employee has tested positive for COVID-19. As an employer, am I required to notify any government authorities?

Pursuant to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”), an employer has reporting obligations when a worker is exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the workplace. An employer specifically must…

Can employers close their business due to safety concerns related to COVID-19?

As per Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers have an obligation to ensure they are providing a safe working environment for their employees. Therefore, if an employer believes that…

What should I do if an employee comes to work when they have been instructed to self-isolate?

It is vital for employers to take immediate action and ensure that the employee is safely escorted out of the office/workplace. To keep other employees safe, it is important to…

Can my employer force me to undergo a specific medical procedure or test (i.e. a temperature check upon arrival at work)?

The courts to date have generally held that employers are not entitled to force employees to undergo specific medical tests or procedures. This is because these kinds of requirements have…

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Notify your employer immediately about your results and ensure to self-isolate (quarantine) to avoid further spreading of the virus. Current advice is that quarantine should last at least 14 days…

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

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