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CASS and ASBOA’s COVID-19 Legal Update


Session Details

In this 75-minute *online session, Arbitrator Greg Francis, Q.C., formerly CBE General Counsel, and Teresa Haykowsky, partner at McLennan Ross, will review the most recent workplace decisions dealing with COVID-19 and discuss their implications and practical tips and take-aways for school boards.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Can school boards, as employers, mandate their employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Can employees decline to take the vaccine?
  • Influenza and masking arbitral decisions and their implications in the workplace
  • Discipline arbitrations and constructive dismissal claims
  • Can employees refuse to work with unvaccinated employees under Alberta’s OH&S legislation?
  • OH & S enforcement action connected with the vaccines
  • The balancing of disability accommodation under human rights legislation with worker safety
  • Religious and safety exemptions under human rights law
  • Privacy rights of employees arising from vaccinations
  • Tips and takeaways to deal with these issues

*This session will not be recorded.
*Limited spaces available.

Speaker Biographies

Teresa Haykowsky advises on management-side labour and employment law for organizations from many different industry sectors in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut. Her work includes education law, labour and employment litigation, arbitrations,  collective bargaining, draft of employment contracts, harassment policies, workplace investigations, OH & S matters, and general employment policies and practices.

Teresa has appeared before every level of Court of in Alberta, twice before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, and other administrative tribunals, including every type of hearing before Alberta school boards.

Teresa is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Alberta in the area of education law and has been recognized by Best Lawyers as a “Best Lawyer” for the past 10 years in the area of education law.

Greg Francis was called to the Northwest Territories and Alberta bars in 1991. During his career as a lawyer, Greg worked as a Crown Prosecutor, a defence lawyer, and a Justice of the Peace in the Provincial Court of Alberta. His labour and employment law experience includes work for both a trade union and a large public sector employer, as well as serving as Equity Ombudsperson for the Law Society of Alberta. Greg was also an arbitrator of collective agreement disputes in Alberta from 2004 to 2012. After serving as General Counsel and Superintendent of Human Resources for the Calgary Board of Education from 2012 to 2018, Greg returned to providing arbitration services. He is a co-instructor of Labour Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary.

Having represented and worked directly for both Management and a Trade Union, Greg understands well the needs and interests that drive disputes in a unionized workplace. In addition to serving as an arbitrator, Greg provides grievance mediation and case management services to parties seeking assistance with grievance resolution in advance of arbitration.

Greg is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop and the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016.

$25 Individual Registration Fee

Online Registration Closed

Participants will have the opportunity to review the most recent workplace decisions dealing with COVID-19 and discuss their implications, and learn practical tips and take-aways.


February 5, 2021, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.