Work Refusal Compliance Centre
One of a worker’s most fundamental rights is the right to refuse unsafe work. Unfortunately, employers too often mishandle work refusals, which can lead to reprisal claims and liability. This centre will help you understand the work refusal process, a supervisor’s role in that process and some traps to avoid when handling work refusals. It also includes tools you can use to document work refusals and cases involving refusals so you can learn from other employers’ mistakes and successes.
Guidance and Insight
From zero tolerance to fitness for duty.
An anxious worker complains about a manager's threats. The employer says its safe and tells him to return to work. Can it fire him if he doesn't?
This chart shows the general work refusal provisions in each jurisdiction’s OHS law.
This flu season, workers may try to refuse to work due to fears of getting sick. Can they?
A worker claims delivering food to residents endangers her more than her co-workers. Can she refuse work on this basis?
Adapt this model policy for your OHS program, collective agreement and the work refusal requirements and procedures in the OHS laws in your jurisdiction.
Benefits: Workers have the right to refuse work if they have reasonable grounds to believe the work poses an undue or unnatural hazard to...