The Saskatchewan Government has taken steps to prevent employers from being sued for implementing measures found in the COVID-19 Emergency Regulation for Public Employers or the Emergency COVID-19 Regulation for Employers.
The Saskatchewan Employment Law was amended Tuesday to say that “no action or proceeding lies or will be initiated or maintained against an employer” if that employer acts in good faith to implement the above regulations.
“That’s being done broadly across North America,” Labor Relations Minister Don Morgan said, adding that the legislation is not limited to employee vaccine mandates.
“It is a broad general topic that would cover everything related to COVID-19: signage, lack of signage, anything else that could reasonably arise from it. The threshold is that they must act in good faith. “
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Morgan said the changes are not coming in response to any particular legal challenge.
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“We are not trying to target a specific lawsuit that has been started or is being threatened,” he said.
“But we know that COVID-19 vaccines, etc., are a global problem right now and we want to be able to encourage our employers to feel comfortable that they will not be subject to lawsuits.”
The action comes through an amendment to the Saskatchewan Employment Law, which received actual approval on Tuesday.
The law applies regardless of when a perceived violation may have occurred.
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