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Update on enforcement of vaccination policies: recent decisions out of Ontario reach different conclusions

November 15, 2021

Mark Tector and Katharine Mack Over the last few months many employers have been implementing COVID-19 vaccination policies in their workplaces. Last week, two Ontario arbitration decisions were released which dealt with the legality of such policies in the unionized workplace. As far as we are aware, these are the first two reported decisions on…

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Implementation of vaccine passports in Newfoundland and Labrador

October 6, 2021

Meghan Foley On September 28, 2021, the St. John’s Board of Trade hosted the Department of Health and Community Services, Digital Government and Service NL, and the NL Centre for Health Information, to provide an in-depth review of the plan to implement vaccine passports in Newfoundland and Labrador. The plan is still under review and…

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Mandatory vaccines in the workplace

July 21, 2021

Included in Discovery: Atlantic Education & the Law – Issue 08 Sheila Lanctôt and Evan MacKnight More than a year has passed since the Coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) arrived in Atlantic Canada and caused all in-person events, gatherings and classes to grind to a halt. Colleges and universities were forced to shift to an online format…

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Nova Scotia workers can now access paid COVID-19 sick days – “stay tuned for the details”

May 13, 2021

Rick Dunlop and William Wojcik On May 12th, 2021, the Government of Nova Scotia announced in a news release that it is implementing a COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program (“Program”) to support workers who must take time off work for COVID-19 related reasons between May 10 and July 31, 2021. The Program has not been…

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COVID-19 vaccination leave for employees

April 15, 2021

Mark Tector and Bhreagh Ross With vaccine rollout well underway across the country, employers should be aware of legislative changes that entitle employees to paid or unpaid time-off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Here are the two Canadian jurisdictions that currently offer specific leave protections for employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine: Province Vaccine leave…

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Top five employment law issues going into 2021

January 15, 2021

Grant Machum, ICD.D and Mark Tector 2020 was a challenging year for many people and businesses. And while we are all happy to have 2020 in the rearview mirror, we anticipate that there will continue to be challenges going forward, including in employment law. Below are five legal questions we expect employers will have in 2021, along…

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2020 Year in Review: Atlantic Canada Labour & Employment Law Developments

January 11, 2021

2020 brought us all challenges that have been unprecedented in our time. The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted us in ways that were unimaginable. As Atlantic Canada navigated the challenges of changing worlds, and workplaces, a number of important legal developments appeared, that regional employers should be aware of as they plan for the year…

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COVID-19: Federal government announces continuing package of pandemic supports

October 29, 2020

Katharine Mack The federal government has recently announced a series of changes to be made to benefit programs rolled out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension or expansion of these benefits and support measures will be welcome news for employers and employees alike as they continue to navigate the economic consequences of the…

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Newfoundland and Labrador mandates masks in workplaces

August 24, 2020

Harold M. Smith, QC and G. John Samms Effective Monday, August 24, 2020, an order directing the mandatory wearing of masks, pursuant to the Public Health and Protection Act and the Special Measures Orders made thereunder comes into effect. We hereafter refer to this order as the “Mandatory Mask Order”. The original Mandatory Mask Order,…

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Prince Edward Island Labour and Employment legislative changes

July 31, 2020

Murray Murphy, QC, CPHR and Kate Jurgens Three new bills have been introduced in the most recent sitting of the Prince Edward Island legislature. In the employment setting Bill 38 aims to address the prevalence of emergency leave in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, while Bill 114 address protections to be provided…

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