Meeting the accommodation needs for employees is a critical duty for all organizations and, with the heightened risk during the pandemic, this obligation can be very challenging for many employers. Yet every employee has a right to accommodation in the workplace and is protected from discrimination under certain grounds. How can employers ensure they are meeting their legal duties in such a changing and novel work environment? What are the key issues employer’s need to be aware of as they respond to employee’s changing needs?
• Examine the nuances of an employer’s accommodation duties in the pandemic setting
• Workplace vs remote setting and employer obligations
- Families and elder care
• What qualifies as a disability?
• Discuss the boundaries of undue hardship in the COVID era
• Employee complaints and how to react
• What evidence can an employer require from employees?
• Examine rulings from tribunals and courts
• Provincial guidance from Human Rights Commissions
Practical Law Canada Lawyer Editor for Employment Law @ Thomson Reuters
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Erin Kuzz is one of the founding members of Sherrard Kuzz LLP in Toronto, Canada where she represents employers in all areas of employment and labour law. Erin has been recognized by Lexpert®, Chambers Global®, Who’s Who Legal® and Best Lawyers®...
Lorenzo is Leader of the firm's Workplace Law Group. He has practised exclusively in the area of labour and employment law for over 30 years, representing employers on all areas touching labour and employment law, both provincially and federally....
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Heather Cameron is a senior associate in our employment and labour group in the Ottawa office. Ms. Cameron practises in all areas of employment, labour, privacy and human rights laws both in the federal and provincial jurisdictions.
Maggie is a partner at Roper Greyell where she practices in all areas of employment and labour law. She builds strong relationships with her clients and works collaboratively with them to navigate a variety of unionized and non-unionized workplace...