Employee Suspended for Deliberately Coughing on Co-Worker During COVID-19 Pandemic

In a recent British Columbia arbitration decision, an arbitrator upheld an employee’s 10-day suspension for deliberately coughing into a co-worker’s vehicle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employee Suspended for Coughing Into Co-Worker’s Vehicle  The unionized employee worked for the Vancouver Board of Education as an apprentice gardener.  In early March 2020, the employee had developed COVID-19 […]

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Court Rules That COVID-19 Layoffs Amounted to Constructive Dismissal

In a recent Ontario decision, the court held that two employees who had been laid off for over a year during the COVID-19 pandemic had in fact been constructively dismissed and were entitled to 22 months’ reasonable notice.  Employer Lays Off 17% of Its Workforce The employer is a manufacturer of corrugated tubing employing approximately […]

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Court Issues First Decision on the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation in COVID-19 Constructive Dismissal Case

An Ontario court recently issued a first decision interpreting the Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation in a COVID-19-related constructive dismissal case.  Employee Claims Constructive Dismissal The employee began working at an ophthalmic clinic in 2014 as an ophthalmic technician. She was promoted to office manager in 2018 and earned $52,900 per year. The employer operated several such clinics […]

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Ontario Proposes New COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for Employees

Proposed Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit On April 28, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced it will provide a provincial paid sick leave program to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces across Ontario. Announced by the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Minister of Finance, the proposed program is set to […]

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