Reopening Ontario, recalling younger employees and remote working – 580 CFRA

A photo of Kristy Cameron, host of Ottawa Now on radio station Newstalk 580 CFRA.

Alex Lucifero is an employment lawyer and managing partner of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP’s Ottawa office. He joined Kristy Cameron on Ottawa Now to discuss the Ontario government’s guidelines for reopening certain businesses on May 4, 2020, an employee’s ability to refuse work, and the potential dangers of recalling younger employees from a temporary layoff before older employees.


  • New guidelines from Ontario government for businesses reopening on May 4 are a good start
  • If I am sick during the coronavirus pandemic, does my employer have a right to know what my medical diagnosis is?
  • Can I refuse to return to work once my employer reopens during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Can a business recall younger employees from a layoff first to protect the older employees from COVID-19?
  • Can my employer refuse my request to work remotely from home after I have been recalled?

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