Our friend, Rick Bales, has a new article on SSRN examining the ways in which Canada handled workplace issues during Covid.
Novel Issues in Canadian Labour Arbitration Related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21 changed working conditions for millions of Canadians quickly and dramatically. Employers responded by requiring employees to quarantine, implementing workplace COVID policies, disciplining employees who violated those policies, changing work schedules, cancelling leaves or vacations, and furloughing or laying off employees. Unions have challenged many of these actions, raising a variety of novel issues that are now being resolved through labour arbitration. This article surveys those labour arbitration awards.