COVID-19 Legal Resource Page
COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on all aspects of our working lives. Employees had many questions about their workplace rights and entitlements, and our blog posts helped provide some answers.
Now, as businesses across Canada are now slowly reopening, employees have new questions about their rights and entitlements. We can help you find the answers as we enter the first phases of returning to the workplace. We’ll be continuing to publish posts on the topics you need to know about as Ontario continues through its phases of reopening.
Please note that these blog posts are for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Since the law relating to employee rights and benefits is rapidly changing as a result of the pandemic, we will work to keep this information up to date.
Can my employer force me to take a COVID-19 vaccine?
The development of vaccines for COVID-19 has raised many questions about whether employers can require their employees to get vaccinated. Colleen Bauman discusses how an employer’s vaccination policy must balance the public health risk against the impact of the policy on an employee’s bodily integrity, privacy rights and economic interests.
Webinar – Recent Trends in Benefits
In this webinar, GP’s pension & benefits lawyers discussed recent trends in benefits, including the impact of COVID-19 on benefits plans and pension plans.
I don’t qualify for EI. What government benefits are available for me?
The federal government has established three new benefits for workers who do not qualify for EI. Clio Godkewitsch examines how you could be eligible.
CERB and EI: What programs can I apply for?
Clio Godkewitsch will help you understand and navigate federal income supports that are available if you aren’t able to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have been laid off in a mass termination. What are my rights?
If you have been laid off in a mass termination, you may be entitled to some form of termination pay. Natai Shelsen discusses your rights under the Employment Standards Act and the common law.
Healthcare workers’ rights to PPE enhanced under Ontario Directive #5
Simran Prihar takes us through the hard-fought changes to Ontario’s Directive #5 to improve COVID-19 protections for workers in hospitals and long-term care homes.