Samuel Keen

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Easing of COVID-19 Public Health Measures: Implications for Mandatory Vaccination Policies in Ontario

As of March 1, 2022, several COVID-19 public health measures in Ontario were lifted, including the vaccination passport system that applied to indoor public settings such as restaurants and cinemas. As of March 21, mask mandates have been dropped except for certain settings. Importantly, the government’s loosening of these strict public health requirements should not … Continue reading

Ontario Ministry of Labour issues Guidance on “Disconnecting From Work” Policies

As we previously reported, the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) requires that employers with 25 or more employees have a written policy addressing “disconnecting from work” in place by June 2, 2022. The legislative amendments were described in our previous blog post. The ESA itself provides very little information on the required contents of … Continue reading

Ontario Superior Court declines to block termination of unvaccinated employees

In Blake v. University Health Network[1], the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently discontinued an interim injunction[2] that had been granted to provisionally preserve the employment status of a group of unionized and non-unionized employees who were subject to the potential termination of their employment for failing to comply with the employer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination … Continue reading
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