Statistics show that the duty to accommodate employees on the basis of family status is an issue which will become a critical one over the coming years for almost all employees and employers.
Child care obligations
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.
After a recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling, employers are now faced with the responsibility of accommodating employee requests relating to childcare - providing it does not cause the employer undue hardship. This is the first time a ruling seems to clarify what employers’ obligations are when it comes to accommodation based on family status under human rights legislation. But is this too much for employers?