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Category: COVID-19 Blog

Can a COVID-19 layoff constitute constructive dismissal?

Can a COVID-19 layoff constitute constructive dismissal? Sophia Abbatt considers the OCA’s decision in Hanley Hospitality, the current state of the law, and what it all means for workers.

August 10, 2022

Regulating stronger personal harassment protections under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act

Erin Sobat’s new article in the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal examines Ontario’s current workplace harassment laws, and argues that simply requiring employer harassment policies and internal investigations will not stop harassment in workplaces where protection is needed most.

May 18, 2022
Erin Sobat

Do employees have a right to privacy about their vaccination status?

Vaccine mandates in workplaces raise a lot of questions for employees. Medical information is given one of the highest levels of protection in the workplace. An employer can’t ask for an employee’s private health information without a good reason. But as Benjamin Piper discusses, this doesn’t mean that an
employer can never ask for health information.

December 1, 2021
Benjamin Piper

What Emergency Powers Do Governments Have to Respond to COVID-19?

Dan Sheppard’s memo on the emergency powers used to respond to COVID-19 has been updated to June 10, 2021.

June 10, 2021
Daniel Sheppard

Webinar: COVID case law update

In this webinar, Simran Prihar, Ryan Newell, and Gabe Hoogers reviewed the latest workplace law cases involving COVID-19.

May 27, 2021
Simran Prihar Ryan Newell Gabriel Hoogers

Arbitrator: Arbitration not suspended by COVID emergency powers

In a recent win for healthcare workers, a labour arbitrator determined that she had jurisdiction to hear a grievance regarding the exclusion of nurse externs from the bargaining unit. A hospital could not rely on a COVID-19 emergency powers regulation to prevent the hearing from going forward.

May 26, 2021

Everything you need to know about Ontario’s new paid sick leave

After months of pressure, Ontario has enacted a new (limited) form of paid sick leave tied to COVID-19. Who qualifies? How do you access it? This post tells you everything you need to know about Ontario’s new paid sick leave.

April 30, 2021
Daniel Sheppard

Protecting whistleblowers in the public service

If public servants witness a wrongdoing in the public service, they have options. Gabe Hoogers examines how the law aims to protect whistleblowers.

April 21, 2021
Gabriel Hoogers

Can I provide child care for my grandkids during the stay-at-home order?

With more and more grandparents getting vaccinated, new options may be available for child care as grandparents begin to feel safer about helping out. But the stay-at-home rules continue to ban indoor social gatherings. Kelly Doctor explains how child care fits into the current rules.

April 19, 2021
Kelly Doctor

Can I claim my home office expenses on my tax return?

Now that our homes have become our offices, many employees have questions about claiming home office expenses on their tax returns. Melanie Anderson tells you what you need to know to claim work-related expenses.

January 29, 2021
Melanie Anderson