We often discuss the duty to accommodate in the context of human rights, and we all know that the duty extends “to the point of undue hardship”. But as another year comes to an end, it is clear that there is still a lot of confusion when it comes to what this means in practice.
Employers' obligations are heightened when dealing with temporary foreign workers. This is primarily because of a recognition that temporary foreign workers are usually more vulnerable in the labour market than Canadians or permanent residents.
Effective July 7, 2020, Ottawa followed the lead of Kingston and Toronto by mandating the use of masks in public indoor spaces. Many other municipalities across Ontario have instituted similar rules (or seem to be headed in that direction).