Accommodating employee disability — It’s not all that painful

Employers must comply with both human rights and workers’ compensation legislation, but keeping it simple will make accommodation that much easier
By Carissa Tanzola
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/14/2014

Accommodation is a duty all employers must live up to, whether it’s in regards to employee disabilities, religion, family status or other grounds protected under human rights legislation. When it comes to disabilities in particular, it can be somewhat vexing for employers as they try to determine how an employee whose abilities may be limited fits into the workplace. But unless the accommodation requires the employer to go to lengths that would constitute undue hardship, it’s something that has to be done.

However, the accommodation doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Employment lawyer Carissa Tanzola discusses four fundamental steps that can make the accommodation of disabled employees as smooth and beneficial as possible for all involved.