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Vaccination Round-Up – October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

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:

OUR INSIGHTS

 

  • Ryan Chan’s October 25, 2021 Workplace Law Strategies Blog post reiterates the important of having an enforceable employment agreement with all of your employees and that they are executed in an appropriate fashion. Learn more here.
  • Covid and the rise of reasonable notice periods is the topic of Deanna Froese’s October 25, 2021 Workplace Law Strategies Blog post. Learn more about how the economic downturn from the pandemic has impacted on notice periods here.
  • Healthcare facility vaccine mandate: PHO Order takes effect on October 26. Deanna Froese elaborates on the significant responsibility the PHO puts on employers and those operating government-funded facilities to ensure compliance in her October 26, 2021 Workplace Law Strategies Blog post. You can read it here.
  • Dr. Henry provides notice to healthcare workers that more vaccine mandates will be coming. Scott Marcinkow’s October 27, 2021 Workplace Law Strategies Blog post cautions that health professionals in other practice settings, including private clinics and offices, will likely be the subject of a new order requiring vaccination to provide services. Learn more here.
  • You can learn more about the legal and logistical implications of Covid vaccinations and the workplace by registering for Harper Grey’s upcoming “Ask Us Anything: Vaccinations in the Workplace” webinar. Check it out here.

IN THE NEWS

 

National

  • Employees fired for defying vaccine mandates may not qualify for EI. CTV News – October 22, 2021 – read the article here.

British Columbia

  • Over 4,000 unvaccinated health care workers to be put on leave as BC’s mandatory vaccination requirement takes effect. CBC – October 26, 2021 – read the article here.
  • Still no vaccine policy for Vancouver police as mandates for firefighters, paramedics announced. Global News – October 20, 2021 – read the article here.
  • BC’s Education Ministry releases guidelines on developing vaccination policies, but school boards to decide whether to make vaccination mandatory. CBC – October 22, 2021 – read the article here.

Alberta

  • Alberta has extended its vaccination deadline for Alberta health care workers to November 30, giving employees an extra month to show proof of vaccination. Global News – October 22, 2021 – read the article here.

Ontario

  • With 50,000 education workers in Ontario still unvaccinated, undisclosed, Education Minister says mandatory vaccination in schools could lead to major layoffs. CBC – October 26, 2021 – read the article here.
  • Toronto Police Service says officers, staff must show proof of vaccination by November 30 or face “indefinite unpaid absence”. Global News – October 21, 2021 – read the article here.

Yukon

  • Yukon Employees’ Union has filed a grievance against mandatory vaccine policy, says territory’s policy fails to consider “less invasive alternatives”. CBC – October 26, 2021 – 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

Important Notice: The information contained in this Article 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. The information contained in this Article is current to the last update and may change. Last Update: October, 29, 2021.

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