Question: Do I have just cause to fire an employee if my employee refuses to be vaccinated in violation of my vaccination policy?
Employers have an obligation to keep their workplaces safe. This obligation is found in the Occupational Health & Safety Act. For this reason, many employers have implemented mandatory vaccination policies. The Ontario government has also created policies requiring some employees to be vaccinated as a term and condition of their continued employment. These vaccination policies threaten to terminate the employment of any employee who refuses to be vaccinated but is this legal? Just cause is a very high threshold for any employer to meet. The Ontario Courts have consistently concluded that just cause is a form of capital punishment in employment … Continue reading