An investigation by the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner has found that Saskatoon Public Library breached an employee’s privacy when it asked for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or test results, even though a provincial mandate had been lifted.
Library management told employees on March 11, 2022, that they must continue to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, even though the Saskatchewan cabinet lifted the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations on Feb. 14.
“They needed to have authority to do it,” said Ronald Kruzeniski, Saskatchewan’s Information and Privacy Commissioner in a report dated Jan. 16. “At one point, the province introduced a regulation that gave them that authority, but on Feb. 14, that authority was rescinded.”
The report stated that “without the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations, an employer can no longer demand vaccination/test and an employee is no longer required to comply with a vaccination/test demand made by an employer.”