The Ontario Human Rights Commission ("OHRC") recently released a policy statement regarding vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates (the “Policy”). The Policy provides helpful guidance for employers.
duty to accommodate
With mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies rolling out in many workplaces across Ontario, managing employees who choose not to get vaccinated can become a difficult task. While some employees cannot get vaccinated for a medical reason, others may choose not to get vaccinated for personal reasons.
We often discuss the duty to accommodate in the context of human rights, and we all know that the duty extends “to the point of undue hardship”. But as another year comes to an end, it is clear that there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to what this means in practice.