Companies are implementing vaccine mandates. Can employees reject them? – CBC

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Aug 23, 2021

Federal and provincial governments, private businesses as well as Canada’s biggest banks have in recent weeks announced plans to implement mandatory vaccination policies for many of their returning staff.

These vaccine mandates require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. But do employers have the right to impose such mandates? What if employees refuse?

CBC News looks at the legal issues these mandates raise.

Do companies face legal hurdles in imposing vaccine mandates?
That will likely depend on the particular circumstances that an employer and employee find themselves in, says Toronto-based employment lawyer Alex Lucifero. And the law will differ, he says, based upon a number of factors — for example, the particular industry, or whether the employees are unionized.

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