Ask the ExpertAs a essential service are employees expected / allowed to refuse work? If they quit what happens? Halifax, NS
hri_Admin Staff asked 2 years ago
1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 2 years ago

Under Sec. 43(9) of the Nova Scotia OHS Act, employees can’t refuse work if: (a) the refusal puts the life, health or safety of another person directly in danger; or
(b) the danger referred to in subsection (1) is inherent in the work of the employee. It’s hard to analyze how this rule applies to your situation because I don’t know the facts. But you can email me at and I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
As for quitting, I don’t know of any law that would ban an employee from quitting. But, again, if you explain the details, like what the service is, I may be able to look into it.