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hri_Admin Staff asked 1 year ago

The company I work for is mandating that all employees attest to the fact that they have received both vaccinations and then must wear a badge in the office proving that they have  had these vaccinations or else they have to continue wearing a mask. Is the acceptable in Canadian privacy or employment standards legeslation?

1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 1 year ago

The short answer is that this MAY BE legal, provided that: a. The company can show it has a compelling need to require proof of vaccination; b. It doesn’t ask for any other protected health information; and c. It accommodates employees, not only those with disabilities, e.g., conditions making them allergic to vaccines, and religious protests, but also practical common sense. So, for example, vaccines are in short supply and it would be unfair to deny an employee who wants and hasn’t been able to get both shots. Here’s a story that breaks it down into more detail. Hope it helps.