Mental Disability & Human Rights

The Basics Employers in Ontario are required to take reasonable steps to accommodate a disability, including a mental disability. This is often a difficult task for the employer as the obligation is indeed a strict one which must be provided unless there is “undue hardship” preventing this. Recent Case A court in Saskatchewan recently reviewed […]

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Cannabis and the Workplace

The recent legalization of recreational use of cannabis has quite naturally raised the issue of marijuana in the workplace. This question is not as simple as one might expect. This is the second in a series of posts dealing with workplace cannabis issues. We reviewed the issue of the unfair denial of medical cannabis under […]

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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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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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