B.C. flu shot policy gets clean bill of health

Policy a valid exercise of management rights: Arbitrator
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/18/2013

Grievances against British Columbia’s provincial flu policy have been dismissed.

Robert Diebolt, the arbitrator appointed by the provincial labour relations board, ruled the policy is a valid exercise of the employer’s management rights.

The policy requires healthcare workers to either receive the influenza vaccination or wear a mask at all times during flu season, which typically lasts from late November through the end of March.