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.
There are a number of upcoming public (statutory or general) holidays that require employers to provide paid days off to employees. Although, in some jurisdictions, social gatherings are restricted to your own household, and in other jurisdictions the number of people who can gather is limited to five or 10 people because of public health orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, the holidays are always a well-deserved break — even for those who work remotely or from home.
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.