Simon published another article on First Reference Blog. The article entitled “Employee Termination Deemed Reprisal” which explored the prohibition against terminating or reprising against employees who exercise their right to refuse unsafe work under the provisions of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. In the article Simon considers the recent decision of Podobnik v. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Stores (Ottawa) Inc. 2016 where the Ontario Labour Relations Board held that the company’s decision to terminate an employee was not for a legitimate restructuring. Rather, it was directly linked to her exercising her right to refuse unsafe work and it constituted a reprisal against her for exercising this right. A link to the decision can be found here.

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