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Union refusing to pursue mandatory vaccination policy grievance did not violate duty of fair representation: CIRB

Regular Focus Alert readers will be aware of recent arbitral decisions where unions have challenged employers’ mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies…

Update on Arbitral Challenges to Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

Since late 2021, several arbitral awards have addressed a union’s challenge to an employer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy through the…

Arbitrator Upholds Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Issued in Response to Transport Canada Directions

Focus Alert readers will recall that, as evidenced by the opposing conclusions reached in two recent arbitration decisions involving provincially-regulated…

The Government of Canada Will Propose Regulations Mandating COVID-19 Vaccination in All Federally Regulated Workplaces

On December 7, 2021, the federal government announced that employees in all federally regulated workplaces will be required to be…

Ontario Arbitrators come to different conclusions with respect to whether mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies were reasonable

Recently, two Arbitrators came to different conclusions with respect to whether mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies were reasonable. In the first…

Injunction Denied for Unvaccinated Hospital Employees Seeking to Preserve Employment Despite Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has denied an injunction to a group of unvaccinated University Health Network (“UHN”) employees…

Ontario Divisional Court Refuses Ontario Nurses’ Association’s Request to Amend Chief Medical Officer of Health Directives

In Ontario Nurses’ Assn. v. Chief Medical Officer of Health (Ontario), 2021 ONSC 5999, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (“ONA”) sought…

Federal Government Announces Mandatory Vaccine Requirement for Federal Workforce and Federally Regulated Transportation Employees and Travellers

On October 6, 2021, the federal government announced mandatory vaccination requirements for the federal workforce and for federally regulated transportation…

Ontario Government Mandating Vaccinations for Long-Term Care Home Staff

On October 1, 2021, the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for all in-home staff, support workers,…

Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases Policy Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Proof of Vaccine Certificates

On September 22, 2021, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) released a policy statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and…

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