With the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines being administered in Canada, there is much chatter amongst employers and employees alike on whether an employer can make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory.
Employers looking to amend and update employment contracts with current employees should be mindful of the elements that must be satisfied for the agreement to be found valid and enforceable.
COVID-19 continues to have a dramatic impact on both our economy and social interactions as we face a potential second lockdown. With most workplaces functioning and schools reopening, we have started to see an uptick in new COVID-19 cases. With the increase in infections comes an overall increase in health risks, and as such, the Government of Ontario has responded by re-introducing modified Stage Two measures in some hotspot areas, including the reduction of gathering limits and the closure of indoor dining. Accordingly, it is possible that we may continue to see our progress towards returning to our “new normal” slow down and even revert to more restrictive temporary norms.