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Family status accommodation: How to respond to requests

Because of changes in demographics and other reasons, employees are increasingly asking for changed work schedules or time off work to care for children and elderly parents (i.e. family status accommodation). Depending on the size of the business and the employee’s duties these requests can create real problems. As a result, employers often ask whether a request for changed hours or time off work must be accommodated. The legal landscape has been shifting in this area for a number of years. This blog discusses the applicable legislation and some recent case law.

 

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Family status accommodation: an infographic

Now that the summer is over and the new school year has arrived, employers may be hearing a little (or a lot) more about employees’ family scheduling problems and requests for accommodation.

 

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Accommodation of family status

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal provides a timely reminder of two important points in the context of accommodation of employees…

 

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Work-life balance incentives

Quebec launches a work-life balance initiative that is said to be unique in all the world. Let’s hope it catches on in other provinces and territories.

 

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