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Lenczner Slaght announces mandatory vaccination policy

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 @ 11:27 AM | By Amanda Jerome

On Aug. 24, Toronto-based Lenczner Slaght LLP announced it would implement a mandatory vaccination policy for firm members and clients.

“Effective September 13, 2021, if a firm member wishes to work in the Lenczner Slaght office, they must be vaccinated or be exempt because of a protected ground under the Human Rights Code,” the litigation firm’s release explained.

The release noted that “everyone entering the office, including firm clients and other guests, will also be required to be vaccinated.”

“In light of the current public health situation and the increasing cases of the Delta variant, the mandatory vaccination policy will further help to ensure that our office and our communities are as safe as possible,” the release added.

According to the release, Lenczner Slaght is a “proud member of the Creative Destruction Lab’s Rapid Screening Consortium.”

The release noted that the firm is “currently piloting a program with 60 firm members who self-administer rapid antigen screening tests at home every 72 hours” and that a “formal program will be available to all firm members beginning September 13, 2021.”

“While we are no longer allowing rapid screening to be a substitute for vaccination for those who wish to work at our office, we are strongly encouraging our firm members to participate in our formal program,” the release explained, noting that “frequent rapid screening complements many of the health and safety protocols currently in place and is critical to detecting asymptomatic cases before they can spread.”

The firm is also implementing a “Flexible Return-to-Office Plan” which will allow vaccinated firm members to have the “flexibility to work from home or from the office” throughout 2021.

“However,” the release noted, “starting in January 2022, our current plan is to implement a six-month pilot for a hybrid remote work program.”

Lenczner Slaght stressed that “if a firm member chooses not to work in the office during the fall months, they will nevertheless be expected to be vaccinated by no later than January 4, 2022 (unless otherwise exempt) so that each firm member can safely return to the office by that time.”

“We will continue to monitor and adapt our plans, as necessary, based on public health guidance,” the firm added.

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