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Category Archives: Accommodation

CBC’s The Current: Canadian Navy Sub-lieutenant Forced to Choose Between Son and Career

Natalie appears on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti representing Sub-lieutenant Laura Nash, a Canadian naval officer who was forced to choose between her son, and a career in the Navy. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this […]


CBC’s The National: Canadian Navy Sub-lieutenant Forced to Choose Between Son and Career

Natalie appears on CBC’s The National representing Sub-lieutenant Laura Nash, a Canadian naval officer who was forced to choose between her son, and a career in the Navy. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens […]


Weed in the Workplace: Accommodating Without Getting Burned

This article originally appeared in The Lawyer’s Daily. With medical recognition of marijuana as medication, growing social acceptance of the recreational use of marijuana in the same manner as alcohol, and our federal government’s stated intention to legalize recreational usage, there is no doubt that we will be seeing more issues relating to marijuana in the workplace. In that regard, […]


Conference Board of Canada: Medical marijuana in the workplace

Stuart’s presentation for a Conference Board of Canada webinar on medical marijuana in the workplace – managing challenges without going up in smoke. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)


Dealing with Marijuana in the Workplace

As our latest First Reference Talks blog post discusses, Health Canada estimates that by 2024, 450,000 Canadians will be authorized to use medically-prescribed marijuana. Pending legalization may also create an increase in people “self–medicating” and casually using marijuana. I am increasingly being asked to speak about this subject at HR conferences, as employers are concerned about the practical implications of […]


How to Respond to Requests for Accommodation

The workplace is no longer what it used to be, and the circumstances that an employer must accommodate continue to expand. Be it childcare arrangements, medicinal marijuana, or transgender accommodation, human rights continue to impact the workplace. Employers expose themselves to significant liability if they fail to respond to these requests appropriately. Unfortunately, many make the mistake of dismissing unusual requests […]


Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2016

One might think that by the year 2017, employment law would be settled and there would be few, if any, issues that are unpredictable or where the law is “open to interpretation”. That would be wishful thinking; 2016 included its share of new developments, surprising court decisions, and significant legislative developments. The reality is that as social attitudes evolve, the […]


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: Bill 26 Proposes Statutorily-protected Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave

The Ontario provincial government continues its recognition of the impact of domestic violence on the workplace with Bill 26, which proposes amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Previous developments Bill 168, which came into force on June 15, 2010 as an amendment to the OHSA, established a requirement that employers […]


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: It’s the Final Countdown… AODA Compliance Deadline on January 1

Are you a small organization in the private or non-profit sector? Then you have a deadline this New Year’s Eve to comply with the Employment Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”). In addition, organizations with more than 20 employees will need to file an online compliance report with the government confirming their continued compliance with the AODA. Failure to […]


The Latest Chapter in Employment Law: The Balancing Act Continues

Welcome to a brand new edition of The Latest Chapter in Employment Law. This monthly blog post and newsletter discusses new developments in employment law, whether they be driven by legislative change or case law. If you are reading this but do not receive our monthly Newsletter, please sign up to be on our mailing list so you will not miss these […]


Understanding Equality vs. Equity

As I mentioned in a recent Canadian HR Law blog post, I saw a graphic on my Facebook feed and thought that it provided an excellent demonstration of the difference between treating people equally and providing them with equality. I also thought that it confirmed how the need for accommodation can address the symptom, or the cause. In the first image, three […]



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