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As companies call employees back to the physical workplace, more employers are electing to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies to keep employees safe. In turn, some employees are seeking accommodations for disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that may prevent them from being vaccinated. What should Canadian employers keep top of mind when handling these requests? 
 
In this In Focus video, our Labour and Employment lawyers share guidelines for Canadian employers to consider as they encounter requests for accommodations from mandatory vaccination policies.


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Jeremy Hann, of counsel in the Toronto Labour, Employment and Regulatory Law Practice Group, joined Baker McKenzie in 2004. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario Law School in June 2003.

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Matthew De Lio is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Before joining the Firm, Matthew represented clients of the University of Toronto student legal clinic's criminal law division. He frequently appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, including at contested trials. Matthew spent a summer and articled at the Ontario Ministry of Labour - Legal Services Branch, where he prosecuted Occupational Health and Safety and Employment Standards Act offences at the Ontario Court or Justice. He also represented the Director of Employment Standards at contested hearings at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Matthew is a frequent contributor to Baker McKenzie's Canadian Labour and Employment Law blog.

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Alessandra Fusco is a member of Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Alessandra joined the Firm as an associate in 2020 after completing her articles at a leading labour and employment boutique law firm in Toronto. Alessandra regularly advises employers on a full range of labour and employment law matters, providing practical legal and business advice to private and public sector clients. Before studying law, Alessandra worked for the Ontario government advising high-profile public office holders, including the Minister of Education and the Premier of Ontario. She has advised on matters with respect to stakeholder relations, media relations, communication and issues management.

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