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Vaccination Round-Up – January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

VACCINES IN THE WORKPLACE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEK

 

With BC exceeding its vaccination targets, regulations lifting and the reintegration of employees to the workplace on the horizon, employers are now faced with trying to navigate the changing dynamic of vaccines and the workplace. We anticipate that changes to legislation could happen on short notice and have created this Round-Up to help employers stay informed in a situation that is so rapidly evolving.

Here are a few important things I thought worth sharing this week:

IN THE NEWS

 

Canada

  • Federal Government remains committed to vaccine mandate for international truckers despite pressure. Global News – January 9, 2022 – read the article here.
  • Federal Health Minister says vaccination is the ‘only way out’ of pandemic but making vaccination mandatory is ‘up to the provinces’. CBC – January 7, 2022 – read the article here.
  • One dose, two dose, three dose, four? Canada and US, not budging on definition of “fully vaccinated” as booster shot campaign accelerates. Global News – January 5, 2022 – read the article here.

British Columbia

  • BC Accountant fired for failing to comply with vaccine policy launches wrongful dismissal lawsuit, says employer offered no accommodations. Vancouver Sun – January 5, 2022 – read the article here.

Alberta

  • Critics say Alberta’s new ‘critical worker exemption’ leaves too much power to employers. CBC – January 11, 2022 – read the article here.
  • Alberta Health Services offers rapid testing alternative to 1,400 unvaccinated healthcare staff, says employees will be required to pay for testing. CBC – December 24, 2021 – read the article here.

Saskatchewan

  • “We don’t have the extra staff”: Saskatchewan Health Authority prepares for worsening staffing shortages as contingency plans. Saskatoon StarPhoenix – January 7, 2022 – read the article here.

Ontario

  • Three Ontario nurses disciplined for social media posts suing the Canadian Nurses Association for liable, seeking one million damages. CBC – January 10, 2022 – read the article here.
  • 354 unvaccinated Toronto Transit Commission workers fired, dismissals before labour arbitrator. CBC – January 10, 2022 – read the article here.
  • Niagara Health delays implementing mandatory vaccination policy as Omicron surge drives case counts and staffing shortages. CBC – January 7, 2022 – read the article here.
  • City of Toronto fires 461 employees for failing to comply with vaccine mandate. CBC – January 5, 2022 – read the article here.

Quebec

  • Quebec announces health tax on unvaccinated Quebecers, but experts say legal and ethical questions remain. CBC – January 11, 2022 – read the article here.

I hope you found this Round-Up helpful. If you have any questions relating to the reopening of your business or reintegration of your staff – our Workplace Law group is here to assist.

Expertise

Disclaimer: The pandemic is a rapidly changing situation and new measures may have been introduced since this document was published. The information provided through this document is intended for general information purposes only and does not create a lawyer-client relationship. It is not intended as legal advice from Harper Grey LLP or the individual author(s), nor intended as a substitute for legal advice on any specific subject matter. Detailed legal counsel should be sought prior to undertaking any legal matter. Last Updated January 14, 2022.

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