Cognitive Disabilities & the Duty to Accommodate

Human rights law requires an employer to accommodate an employee with a disability. It is very clear that disability includes a mental disability as well as physical. Does this then raise the issue as to what exactly is such a disability? Generally speaking, most physical impediments are quite evident and are typically accompanied by a […]

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The Duty to Accommodate a Medical Disability

Accommodation under Human Rights Law The issue of accommodation is a cornerstone of human rights law. Although its application is often applied to disability issues in the workplace, this duty to accommodate applies to all human rights issues. Duty to Accommodate to the Point of Undue Hardship Take for example a job advertisement which states […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace

Marijuana in the Workplace The use of medical marijuana in an employment setting raises a conflict between the employee’s right to be protected from actions taken due to a medical condition and/or disability and the employer’s right and, indeed, its obligation to ensure a safe workplace to its staff. Medical Disability Human rights law has […]

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OHRC Releases Policy on Medical Documentation in Disability-Related Accommodation Requests

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has just released a policy statement on the type of medical information that should be expected by employers, and should be provided by employees in a situation where a disability related accommodate request is made by an employee. Duty to Accommodate Under the province’s Human Rights Code, employers and […]

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