Enforceability Of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies In The Workplace

As many employers begin the task of bringing staff back to the office/shop/plant, we are hearing more questions around employee and employers duties and rights. The courts have not provided clear direction (yet), but both sides of the discussion are mentioned here. Take a read.

To date, Canada’s federal and provincial governments have not introduced any legislation which would require all eligible individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  However, would a mandatory vaccination policy introduced by an employer be legally enforceable?  If employees refuse to get vaccinated, would an employer be justified to prohibit the employee from attending at the workplace, to place them on an unpaid leave of absence, or to terminate their employment or otherwise discipline the employee?  In addressing this issue, there are two competing interests…