Toronto 09.16.21 VIRTUAL Mandatory Vaccination Policies in the Workplace.

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Starts:09/16/2021 8:00 AM

Ends:09/16/2021 10:00 AM

Event Type: Webcast

2 CPD Hour(s)



Free Members l $30 Non-members


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Toronto 09.16.21 VIRTUAL Mandatory Vaccination Policies in the Workplace

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across Ontario, can employers require non-unionized employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to return to the workplace? While there is no clear authority on this issue to date, it is likely that non-unionized employers will be permitted to require COVID-19 vaccinations in certain contexts. This presentation discusses what factors employers should consider when developing a mandatory vacation policy and best practices to enforcing it.


1. In what contexts could employers potentially require non-unionized employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19
2. What factors should employers consider when developing a mandatory vacation policy
3. What are the best practices for enforcing a mandatory vacation policy


8:00am Introduction
8:05am Presentation
9:40am Q&A
10:00am Conclusion

Speaker bio(s)
Rich Appiah

Rich Appiah is the principal of Appiah Law | Employment + Labour Counsel. He provides expert strategic counsel and legal representation in the area of human resources law to small and enterprise-scale businesses, as well as to managers and senior executives. Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006, Rich has appeared as counsel before the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice and the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and has represented clients in proceedings before boards of arbitration, the provincial and federal Human Rights Tribunals, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (Employment Standards Branch), and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. In 2016, Rich was recognized as a "Lawyer to Watch" by Lexpert Magazine, and in 2017 he was elected to the executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Employment and Labour Section.
Rich has published extensively in the area of employment law and has frequently been asked to speak at conferences for human resources and legal professionals, including those hosted by the Human Resources Professional Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Law Society of Ontario. Recent papers and presentations have addressed ethical issues in employment law; successful advocacy before the Human Rights Tribunal; workplace privacy; workplace violence and harassment; and steps to mitigate organizational liability.
Rich is the former president of Delisle Youth Services (now Skylark Children, Youth and Families), and is chair of the Board of Directors of The STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization. In 2017, Rich was appointed to the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph for a three-year term. As a governor, Rich serves on the University's Human Resources and Governance Committee and Audit and Risk Committee.