Work Refusals: Our experience and what employers need to know

Work refusal

We had a candidate walk off a job-site in April and refuse to return until we could guarantee their 100% safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. And not only that – they submitted a claim to the Ontario Labour Relations Board, to our surprise.

We we had done our due diligence to ensure this candidate’s safety, but had we done enough?

In this video, Kathryn shares this very recent experience and what we learned throughout the process.

We’re also hosting a webinar about work refusals – preparing for the possibility, how to manage it, and what an inspector would want to see.  Our 45-minute webinar will take place on Thursday, June 11th at 11am. It’s being hosted by Kathryn and our employment lawyers from Emond Harnden.

If you’re interested, register here.

Following the webinar, we will be offering a step-by-step guide on how to handle work refusals. If you’re unable to attend our webinar, but would still like a copy of that guide, email

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