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Vaccination Round-Up – September 24, 2021

September 24, 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:

IN THE NEWS

 

British Columbia

  • A commentary on COVID-19 workplace vaccination policies and mandates in British Columbia. Lawyers Daily – September 22, 2021 – read the article here.
  • Since the initial release of the B.C. Human Rights Commissioner’s guidance on proof of vaccination amid Covid-19 has there been an upward trend among BC employers implementing vaccination policies? Canadian Lawyer – September 16, 2021 – read the article here.
  • In case you missed it, on September 9, 2021, the BC Provincial Public Health Office published “Valid Contraindications and Deferrals to Covid-19 Vaccination” for support and guidance of medical accommodation – read the Guidelines here.

Alberta

  • As one of Alberta’s largest employers, the City of Edmonton is now requiring all employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Global News – September 20, 2021 – read the article here.
  • Alberta’s new Covid-19 measures leave “a huge gap” as employees of businesses requiring proof of vaccine from customers won’t need to be immunized. Edmonton Journal – September 15, 2021 – Read the article here.
  • IATSE 212, Calgary’s biggest film workers union, says Covid-19 vaccination requirements need to be toughened on Canadian film sets as film productions continue to be threatened by Covid-19 cases. Calgary Herald – September 14, 2021 – read the article here.

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatchewan Government employee unions throw their support behind the province’s vaccination pass. Post Media – September 16, 2021 – read the article here.

Manitoba

  • City of Winnipeg frontline staff (including firefighters and paramedics) must now disclose their vaccination status. CTV News – September 14, 2021 – read the article here.
  • City of Winnipeg councillor wants frontline works’ mandated requirement to disclose their vaccination status expanded to other City staff. CBC – September 13, 2021 – read the article here.

Ontario

  • CUPE 4705 set to appeal elements of the City of Great Sudbury’s new policy requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 15. Sudbury Star – September 20, 2021 – read the article here.
  • Toronto District School Board teachers and staff must be vaccinated against Covid-19 by November or face losing their jobs. The Canadian Press – September 15, 2021 – read the article here.
  • Ontario Human Rights Commission releases policy statement noting no ‘right to accommodation’ under rights Code for unvaccinated based on ‘preference’. Lawyers Daily – September 22, 2021 – read the article here.
  • Ontario’s Guidance on Medical Exemptions to Covid-19 Vaccination Rules can be useful for employers and service providers in evaluating requests for accommodation under a mandatory vaccination policy. Read the Guidance here.

United States

  • Biden meets with U.S. CEOs and top business leaders including Disney, Miscroft and Walgreens to push mandatory vaccine mandates. National Post – September 16, 2021 – read the article here.

International

  • The U.N. General Assembly relying on honor system to ensure world leaders have been vaccinated before attending large meetings. Associated Press – September 17, 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: September 24, 2021.

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