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.”