Earlier this year, thousands of employees were terminated from their employment for failing to comply with employer-imposed vaccine mandates. The Globe and Mail published an article quoting a number of veteran employment lawyers reporting that they were run off their feet issuing wrongful dismissal claims on behalf of unvaccinated employees. At the same time, labour […]
COVID-19 mask protocols at my work are not being followed by managers. What can I do?
Mika Imai answered this question for the Globe and Mail for its Nine to Five column on October 5th. — In Ontario, an employer must take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. Based on current public health advice, this will typically mean mandatory mask use. Employees also have the […]
Significant Changes to Temporary Layoff Provisions of ESA
On May 29, 2020, the Ontario government introduced Regulation O. Reg. 228/20: Infectious Disease Emergency Leave. The new regulation re-characterizes certain layoffs related to COVID-19 as an emergency leave under the Employment Standards Act. We are still reviewing the newly introduced legislation and will have further details on the impact for employees and employers. Wondering […]
COVID-19: Employment Law Update
Since our last update on March 21, 2020, we’ve seen several changes to the government assistance being offered. We’ve done our best to summarize these below. Please note, this is general information, not legal advice, and is based on information current only to April 3, 2020 and is specific to Ontario. Topics covered: Canada Emergency […]
COVID-19: Employment Law Considerations
Please note, this is general information, not legal advice. Each employer will have different workplace policies, employment contracts and work environments which will affect their legal obligations. This is also a rapidly evolving situation. New government regulations and employee entitlements are regularly being announced. This summary is based on information current to March 21, 2020 […]
Karimjee Law in the News
Associate Mika Imai provides employment law information in the age of COVID-19 — what to do if your boss wants you to self-quarantine without pay. Check out the Globe and Mail article here. Have more questions about the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace? Contact us.