Considering Ontario’s ongoing shutdowns of non-essential businesses and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, working from home has become common across the province and beyond. Work from home has taken off in many businesses that have never attempted to implement a work from home policy previously.
The best advice to employers may be to encourage, not mandate, COVID-19 vaccines. Workplace vaccination is a matter of compliance (with health and safety and other legal requirements to keep workplaces safe) and risk management (mitigating the risk that outbreaks could disrupt business continuity).
In the case of Suen v. Envirocon Environmental Services, ULC, the British Columbia Court of Appeal confirmed that not every change to a parent’s work schedule will amount to discrimination on the basis of family status.