On November 4, 2021, the Ontario government released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario plan which proposes raising the Ontario general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2022.
Many employers have introduced mandatory COVID vaccine policies that will take effect this month. I am being asked two main questions in relation to the implementation of this kind of policy. The first issue is whether to grant exemptions to the policy for religious or medical reasons. An employer has an obligation to consider the request but can request additional information in connection with the request. The onus is on the employee to show the reason for not getting vaccinated is a sincerely, freely and deeply held belief that is integrally linked to a person’s identity, self-definition and fulfilment.
What do you get when you combine a fixed-term contract, an unenforceable termination clause and an early termination? In short, an employee that will be paid for the balance of the contract and an employer with an unexpected severance obligation.