Return to the Workplace: Part 2 - Mandating Vaccines in Your Workplace

Date and Time

Starts:11/24/2021 12:00 PM

Ends:11/24/2021 1:30 PM

Registration Closes:11/25/2021 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar Series

1.5 CPD Hour(s)


Members: Free

Non-Members: $30 + taxes

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Workplace polices can be tricky to develop in the best of times, let alone during an ever-evolving global pandemic.  This session will bring you the latest information on implementing a mandatory vaccination policy in your workplace.  We will also discuss guidelines for dealing with employees that remain unvaccinated, your obligations to maintain your employee’s privacy, and the process by which employees can obtain a medical or religious exemption.

Topics Covered: 

  • Occupational Health and Safety Considerations
  • Human Rights Considerations i.e. religious or medical exemptions
  • Accommodation measures
  • What Your Vaccination Policy Must Contain
  • What to do about employees who refuse to be vaccinated.

Who Should Attend:

  • HR professionals, executives and business leaders
  • Professionals who are responsible for return to workplace operations and programs in their organizations
  • Business leaders who are responsible for employee wellbeing, employee engagement, leadership, and policy development


Program Format:

Live webinar will take place on November 24, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST

For MEMBERS: Follow up "round table" to take place on December 2, 2021

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Speaker bio(s)
Zaheer Lakhani, Lawyer

Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at the boutique law firm Lakhani Campea LLP, which specializes in employment law, workplace investigations and litigation services. Called to the Bar in 1998, Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers as well as individuals  in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice.

Zaheer is frequently sought out to provide third party investigation services for various employers including municipal clients, school boards, and Canadian Universities. In the spring of 2020, his investigation involving the conduct of an elected school board trustee was referenced in various news media including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.

Zaheer has also appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to discuss discrimination and toxic workplaces and he was quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in an article related to workplace harassment. Zaheer has delivered presentations on a variety of topics on behalf of various chapters of the Human Resource Professional’s Association (HRPA), the HRPA’s annual conference, as well as the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) Spring and Fall Conference. Most recently, he delivered a presentation discussing the Impact of Racial Bias and Racism in the Workplace.

Melissa Mustafa, Lawyer

Melissa Mustafa is an associate lawyer at Lakhani Campea LLP, a boutique law firm located in Oakville, Ontario that specializes in employment law and litigation services. Melissa’s practice includes wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights applications, advising on termination packages, drafting employment agreements, workplace investigations, labour disputes and collective bargaining.

Originally from Australia, Melissa relocated to Canada in 2014 after completing her law degree and articling at a full-service firm in Sydney.  Melissa was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2017.  Melissa is an active volunteer with Lawyers Feed the Hungry, Pro Bono Ontario’s Free Legal Advice Hotline and South Asian Women in Law.

Melissa has spoken about and delivered training on various employment law topics, most recently at the 2019 OMHRA Spring Conference and the HRPA 2020 Annual Conference.