With many British Columbians still working remotely, employers are likely counting on the COVID-19 vaccine to get people safely back to the office.
“I expect that is top-of-mind based on the conversations I’ve had with many employers to date,” said employment lawyer Amy Frankel, of Forte Law. “What employers would like employees to do is quite a bit different, though, than what they can require employees to do.”
Frankel says given current principles and the state of Canadian law, “it’s safe to say employers probably at this point cannot mandate vaccinations as a condition of their employment.”
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