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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…

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…

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 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?

In accordance with 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…

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…