As Ontario struggles with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, employers must ensure their workplace policies are updated to reflect the changing nature of the pandemic. Policies enacted in 2020, or even just a few months ago, may no longer reflect current public health guidance. As such, in this article, we look at three recent pandemic-related developments and assess how they will impact Ontario employers.
Last year, three of my top five stories were COVID related. This year all five stories are COVID related, covering temporary layoffs, mandatory vaccination policies, just cause for termination, reasonable notice periods and wrongful dismissal damages.
On August 17, 2021, the Government of Ontario mandated new vaccine requirements for more workplaces to implement COVID-19 vaccine policies and have staff vaccinated.