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Category Archives: Disability

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: 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 […]


The Latest Chapter In Employment Law: Bill 132 & AODA

Welcome to a brand new monthly feature from Rudner MacDonald: The Latest Chapter in Employment Law. This will be a monthly blog post and email series that will discuss 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 […]


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 […]


Frustration of Contract

In my latest First Reference Talks blog post, I discuss a topic that continues to “frustrate” employers as we enter the new year: frustration of contract. Unfortunately, many employers confuse their own frustration with absent employees with frustration at law. Frustrating Myths To add to the confusion, there are many myths regarding how long an employer has to wait before […]


AODA: Hang your Stockings with Employment Standards Care

18 Days and Counting – Hang your Stockings with Employment Standards Care Twas 10 days before Christmas, and all through the office, not a worker was worrying, for they’d heeded counsel’s advice and been cautious.. The stockings were hung in HR with care, with the knowledge that the Employment Standards compliance deadline, soon would be there. The wording was crafted […]


Dismissal and disability leave

As I discuss in my latest First Reference Talks blog post, sometimes, individuals will be dismissed from their jobs at a time when they are on disability leave. Contrary to what some may believe, there is nothing wrong with this, as long as the decision to dismiss is entirely unrelated to the employee’s disability. For example, if an organization decides to […]


 Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Join us for a LinkedIn Q&A on this topic on Thursday, Oct. 1st at 11am EST. Canadian law has long recognized the medicinal value of marijuana, which has been used as a treatment option for a large variety of conditions including chronic pain, arthritis, cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and more. Recently a number of developments in the law have changed how […]


Assessing Accommodation of Disability

It is well-established that employers in Canada are required to accommodate individuals with disabilities. In Ontario, this issue is governed by the Human Rights Code and, in particular, section 7(1). The code defines a physical disability as “any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness.” However, what is often […]



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