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Everyday Legal Issues During COVID Fatigue (Recorded Webinar)

Recorded on: 
December 15, 2020
60 minutes

Summary: When do you need to wear a mask? What do you do if your temporary layoff is made permanent? What’s behind the public health orders? Human rights lawyer Laura Track, employment lawyer Jessica Forman, and health and insurance lawyer Dionne Liu answer questions on COVID and the law in daily life.


In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) is and the free services it offers to members of the public. [5:30]
  • Whether a business can require its customers to wear a mask. [7:15]
  • What public health orders are and how they are made. [10:15]
  • The nature, scope and limits on human rights protection under the BC Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. [15:15]
  • How human rights can be lawfully restricted and where a duty to accommodate arises. [19:00]
  • An employer’s obligations to employees who continue to work from home, including obligations relating to employee physical and mental health and safety. [22:20]
  • Whether an employer can require an employee to get the vaccine, or self-isolate after travel or possible COVID-19 exposure. [27:15]
  • What happens if you don’t comply with a public health order. [31:00]
  • Whether an employer can fire an employee for not following a public health order outside of work. [34:00]
  • Factors to consider if your temporary layoff becomes permanent. [36:50]
  • How to make a human rights complaint. [43:35]
  • Whether an employer can require an employee who travels to Alberta to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to work. [47:25]
  • Whether an airline can require its passengers to be vaccinated. [48:55]
  • Whether an employer can require that an employee be tested for COVID-19, and whether an employee could make a claim against their employer if they contracted COVID-19 at the workplace. [50:50]
  • What happens if you miss the one-year limitation period to file a human rights complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal. [53:10]

Attendee feedback

“Covid-related content was very interesting. Would love to hear more!”

“Thank you for continuing to put together such fantastic and timely webinars ... you are great!”

“Thank you to the panelists for your valuable information.”

“Always enjoy the sessions — very informative and get added info.”

“Thank you VERY much & seasons greetings!”

Additional resources

From CLAS:

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From Harper Grey LLP:

From People’s Law School: