Getting to the Finish Line: Vaccination Policies for Workplaces (Webinar Repeat) 

Apr. 30, 2021
Webinar Repeat Online

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Air Date: This is the archived version of a program presented on April 30, 2021.

Eric M. Adams, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law (Alberta)
Connor Levy, Miller Titerle + Company (British Columbia)
Christian Monnin, MLT Aikins (Manitoba)
Jana Linner, MLT Aikins (Saskatchewan)

Moderated by Patricia Gonzales, Parlee McLaws LLP (Alberta)

Format: Webinar Recording
CPD Hours: 1.5 Hours of Approved Continuing Professional Development in BC.
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The increasing availability of Covid-19 vaccines require employers and employees to consider relevant employment and human rights law to establish workplace policies. Our panel of leading lawyers from western Canada discuss potential liabilities, health and safety precautions employers should be taking, employees’ rights to privacy and the duty to accommodate in the context of Covid-19, and how to balance health and safety considerations with Charter rights or human rights.

This recording provides guidance on:

  • Can employers require employees to be vaccinated?
  • What are the Charter and human rights implications of vaccine requirements?
    • Does an employer need to accommodate employees who are prohibited from taking the vaccination due to a disability or religious belief?
    • How to maintain privacy obligations in smaller workplaces?
  • What, if any, obligations are placed on employers and employees as each province moves through its vaccination plan?


About Connor Levy
Connor Levy specializes in labour, employment and human rights law, and prides himself on helping businesses of all sizes navigate the complexities of their industry. Connor represents and advises clients on all types of workplace matters, including employee accommodations, arbitrations, wrongful dismissals, human rights and privacy matters. Connor has a particular interest in helping employers develop and retain an inclusive workforce.

About Christian Monnin
Christian Monnin practises in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, and labour and employment law. His practice extends to constitutional and public law, international and domestic commercial arbitrations, and administrative advocacy with an emphasis on regulatory matters and labour law matters. He has experience advising on matters relating to consumer product safety and liability and insurance, and defending clients in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border class actions. Christian regularly advises employers on all labour-management relations and non-unionized matters.Christian is a part-time commissioner representing the public interest for the Workers Compensation Appeal Commission of Manitoba.

About Jana Linner
Jana Linner focuses on labour and employment and human rights law, representing public and private sector employers in a wide variety of industries. In addition to defending employers facing litigation, she advises clients on collective agreement negotiation and interpretation, the drafting and implementation of employment contracts and workplace policies, disciplinary matters and terminations, harassment and accommodation. Jana’s athletic background contributes to her strong work ethic in all aspects of her law practice. Jana has represented clients at all levels of Saskatchewan courts, as well as the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards and various administrative boards and tribunals. She clerked with the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench.

About Eric M. Adams
Eric M. Adams, BA (McGill), LLB (Dalhousie), SJD (Toronto), is a Professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. Professor Adams has won multiple awards for his teaching and research including several article prizes for his legal historical work, a Provost’s Award for Early Career Teaching Excellence, and a Killam Annual Professorship in 2016-2017 for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Professor Adams publishes widely in the fields of constitutional law, legal history, employment law, human rights, and legal education. In particular, his multidisciplinary work engages with all aspects of Canadian constitutional law, theory, and history including studies of the classic cases, Christie v YorkRoncarelli v Duplessis, and R v Drybones. 

About Patricia Gonzales
Patricia Gonzales joined Parlee McLaws as an associate in the spring of 2017 and carries on a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis on insurance defence and employment law. Patricia’s primary goal is to help clients obtain an efficient and cost effective resolution which limits the disruption to a client’s underlying business or personal circumstances. This includes early assessment of the potential risks and costs associated with pursuing litigation or arbitration and advising of various forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. When litigation or arbitration is required, Patricia has the necessary tactical and procedural experience to support clients in securing their desired objectives.


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