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Employee Power and No Room to Hide for Anti-vaxxers — My Top Workplace Predictions for 2022

posted 2 years ago

Last week, I identified the key developments which defined the year 2021, reflecting the rapid changes under way in the workplace. This week, I examine the key themes that I predict will be front and centre in the new year.

The Job Market

Vaccines

Vaccine mandates will also be a major theme in 2022, as it was in 2021.Generally, only large, and some medium-sized, employers have imposed vaccine mandates, requiring employees to be vaccinated to remain employed. Vaccine mandates will evolve with medical science to quickly require boosters.

With the further spread of COVID-19 and the federal government and others leading the way with compulsory vaccinations, policies of “be vaccinated or get fired” will become de rigueur in corporate Canada. The courts will support this and employees who have listened to lawyers advertising that they should sue their employers will be extraordinarily disappointed.

With fewer jobs to transfer to without such requirements, even anti-vaxxers will fall in line and take the plunge. After all, even gig workers and independent contractors will shortly find that there is no longer any client willing to take them on unvaccinated.

Overall, the 2021 movement to enhanced employee rights will accelerate further as result of the labour shortage in 2022.

It will have a sudden and jarring end, but I don’t want to get too deep into next year’s predictions just yet. I promise all readers who jump on board for 2022 an interesting ride.

BY HOWARD LEVITT

Got a question about employment law during COVID-19? Write to me at [email protected].

Howard Levitt is senior partner of Levitt LLP , employment and labour lawyers. He practises employment law in eight provinces. He is the author of six books including the Law of Dismissal in Canada.

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED HERE: Employee power and no room to hide for anti-vaxxers — my top workplace predictions for 2022 | Financial Post

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