New Arbitration Decisions on Mandatory Vaccination Policies

There has been a recent flurry of arbitration decisions released in the last 3 months that provide guidance to employers concerning vaccination policies, and other requirements for COVID-19. In United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Canada Local 333 v. Paragon Protection Ltd. [unreported] the employer imposed a mandatory vaccination policy on its employees. It employed […]

New Legislation – Working for Workers Act, 2021

The government of Ontario has passed Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, 2021, which amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) and other legislation. The Bill has received royal assent as of December 2, 2021 and is now officially a statute. Right to Disconnect The Act imposes an obligation for employers who employ 25 or […]

Court of Appeal upholds Decision to Terminate Employee for Failure to Apologize for Inappropriate Comments

In the case Hucsko v. A.O. Smith Enterprises, [2021] O.J. No. 6307, a long service employee was terminated for cause following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and his refusal to apologize for the misconduct. Leading up to the termination of employment, there were several incidences of inappropriate conduct ranging from asking a female […]

Ontario Extends COVID-19 Worker Income Benefit Program and IDEL

The Ontario government announced that the Worker Income Benefit Program will be extended until July 31, 2022. As we have previously indicated, the program was in order to provide aid to employees who had no sick day coverage. In particular, this program provides employees with up to 3 days paid leave in the following circumstances: […]