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Back to the office? New workplace norms expected to evolve in coming years

Author(s): Kelly Twa, Melanie Simon, Shari Cohen, Steven Dickie, Shaun Parker, Emilie Dillon

Dec 13, 2021

As we emerge from the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, employers are increasingly focused on establishing new workplace norms following an unprecedented period of disruption. While COVID-19 and related issues, such as vaccine mandates, remain top of mind for many employers, important legal developments in employment law that are unrelated to COVID-19 continue unabated and have even picked up steam.

In this article, we address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers, including vaccine mandates, regular testing requirements and mask policies. We also review other legal developments that have affected employers in 2021 and that employers should continue to plan for in 2022. These include worker-friendly legislative proposals in Ontario, federal pay equity legislation and new French language laws.