Mandatory coronavirus testing for unionized employees allowed: arbitrator

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By Julius Melnitzer | March 17, 2021

Arbitrator Dana Randall has ruled that unilaterally-imposed, bi-weekly testing for the novel coronavirus at a Woodstock, Ont., unionized retirement home is reasonable when weighed against the need to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“The decision tells us that, in this particular environment, mandatory COVID-19 testing is a reasonable exercise of management rights given the nature of the test, which is not intrusive, and the serious harm it seeks to prevent,” says Thomas Stefanik, a partner and head of the employment and labour group at Toronto-based Torkin Manes LLP, counsel for the employer, Caressant Care.


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