The third Monday in January is colloquially known as “Blue Monday,” the so-called saddest day of the year. It sums up the feeling of come down after the holiday season, and the cold, dark days often associated with January.
I have received many calls from employers asking what to do if an employee refuses to follow COVID-19 public health guidelines. In one case, an arbitrator upheld the discharge of a unionized employee who did not follow COVID public health guidelines.
In Ontario, employees can be dismissed in one of two ways: without cause or with cause. The threshold for establishing just cause for dismissal is high, particularly when it is performance-based.