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Arbitrators apply context-specific approach and find mandatory vaccination policies to be reasonable

Readers of Focus will be familiar with the recent and numerous arbitral challenges to employers’ mandatory vaccination policies.  These cases…

Ministry of Health Announces Timeline for Lifting All Remaining Public Health Restrictions in Ontario

Stating that the Omicron wave is finally receding, the government of Ontario began gradually easing its most recent mandatory COVID-19…

Arbitrator Upholds Termination Imposed Following Non-Compliance with COVID-19 Vaccinate-or-Test Policy

As arbitral decisions on COVID-19 vaccination policies continue to trickle out, providing employers with much needed guidance in respect of…

Ontario Government Announces Further Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

As detailed in our earlier Focus Alert, on January 31, 2022, the government of Ontario began the gradual resumption of…

Omicron Throws a Wrench in Ontario Government’s Reopening Plans

Focus readers will recall that it was just over two months ago that the Ontario government announced its tentative long-term…

Ontario Government Plans to Lift COVID-19 Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures by March 2022

On October 22, 2021, the Ontario government announced its long-term reopening plans with respect to COVID-19.  In consultation with the…

Ontario Government Releases Digital Vaccination Certificate App and QR Code System

Focus readers will recall that the Ontario government previously announced that proof of vaccination would be required in order for…

Ontario Government Extends the “COVID-19 Period” under the Employment Standards Act’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to January 1, 2022

As first discussed in a Focus Alert from early in the pandemic, Ontario Regulation 228/20, the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave…

Paid Statutory Leave for COVID-19 Absences: Update on Entitlement and the Reimbursement Process

On April 29, 2021, the COVID-19 Putting Workers First Act, 2021 was enacted into law. The practical impact of this…

Ontario Government Extends the “COVID-19 Period” under the Employment Standards Act’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave to September 25, 2021

As first stated in one of our early COVID-19 Focus Alerts, O. Reg. 228/20, the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (“IDEL”) Regulation…

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