Employers are asking whether they can insist that employees get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to the workplace. Unfortunately, you will have conflicting responses to the question from legal experts.
Remembrance Day falls on Wednesday, November 11 in 2020. Although Remembrance Day was declared a legal holiday like Canada Day and Victoria Day under the federal Holidays Act on March 1, 2018, provinces and territories determine which days are public holidays in their regions. Therefore, Remembrance Day is not a public holiday in all Canadian jurisdictions.
The COVID-19 Response Measures Act received royal assent on October 2, 2020. This legislation created three new temporary recovery benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. These benefits are in place for one year beginning September 27, 2020 (retroactive date), and ending September 25, 2021.