Vaccine mandates and the return to work

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Guest: Lior Samfiru, employment lawyer and co-founding partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP

in the workplace aren’t hypothetical anymore. They are real. The has one for their employees, as does the for people in high-risk settings. Those new rules are filtering down to private business, with Canada’s big five banks and Air Canada to get vaccinated in the return to work. But is it legal? Can your employer make you get vaccinated? If you refuse, can they legally fire you? We parse through all the details of employment law, explain the ins and outs of rights for employers and employees alike, along with the legal challenges to come.

Adrian Cheung is a co-host and producer on the Star’s podcast team. He is based in Toronto. Reach him via email: