Duty to Accommodate

An inclusive workplace is vibrant, healthy and benefits everyone.

There are two options for this workshop. The one-day version of this workshop will focus on what is meant by “duty to accommodate” and the legal framework that guides it. Through workplace scenarios you will explore different forms of accommodation and how to successfully address them. You will examine the rights and responsibilities of employees, the union and the employer in the application of workplace accommodation. The one-and-half day version of this workshop offers the opportunity to apply the concepts more deeply by reviewing a process for accommodating an employee and analysing adjudicated case studies.

By the end of this workshop you will be ready to work towards a healthy, equitable workplace.

Workshop Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To familiarize participants with the meaning and purpose of workplace accommodation;
  • To examine the myths and realities associated with workplace accommodation;
  • To promote a common understanding of the legal framework by all parties (employees/union/management);
  • To define Duty to Accommodate as it pertains to the prohibited grounds under the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Employment Equity Act, case law and other relevant legislation;
  • To help participants understand the respective roles and responsibilities of the parties in the application of workplace accommodation;
  • To apply the learning to situations/scenarios in which duty to accommodate is required;
  • To develop an appreciation of how everyone benefits from inclusive workplaces.

Target Audience

The target audience is Union members of the Core Public Administration and their corresponding supervisors and managers.