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Daily Commercial News quotes Norm Keith in an article on Employees’ rights to refuse work

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“COVID-19 has LIUNA members pondering right to refuse unsafe work” by Don Wall, Daily Commercial News

Daily Commercial News quotes Toronto lawyer Norm Keith in an article on employees’ rights to refuse work.

The statutory threshold required to justify a work refusal is quite low, suggests Ontario construction lawyer Norm Keith of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. He wrote in a recent article that a worker need only have a subjective belief that they may be unsafe at work, which covers many circumstances related to COVID-19, he said.

“The question becomes, if someone personally, emotionally feels unsafe, they have to give a reason, it has to be specific about the workplace,” he explained in a March 19 interview. “The employer has to investigate and engage the safety rep and the safety committee.”