June 7, 2021 | Article by: James D. Kondopulos | Roper Greyell
The problems and challenges which the COVID-19 pandemic has created for employers are significant.
It is encouraging to see third-party decision-makers doing what is in the public interest and providing support to employers as they try to uphold COVID-19 safety protocols in their workplaces.
At least two arbitration cases out of Ontario have upheld the discharge of employees who chose to disregard the COVID-19 rules and policies of their respective employers. 
Now, a recent case from Alberta – a decision of the Alberta Labour Relations Board – provides insight into how labour boards might respond in cases where COVID-19 safety protocols have been deliberately flouted.