The Federal Government has recently commenced a nationwide consultation process with Canadians to inform the development of federal accessibility legislation. Specifically, the government is seeking input on the following:
- feedback on the overall goal and approach;
- to whom would apply;
- what accessibility issues and barriers it could address;
- how it could be monitored and enforced; and
- what else the Government of Canada could do to improve accessibility.
Thus far, there is limited opportunity for public oral consultation. Brief in-person sessions are taking place in 18 cities across Canada. These sessions began in September and will continue through to … Continue Reading
When dealing with requests for accommodation, employee absenteeism and other medical circumstances, employers are routinely faced with the challenge of balancing employee privacy interests against the operational interests of the business when determining how much medical information and what kind of medical information employers can request. The analysis typically centres on the issue of what is reasonable in the circumstances, with diagnostic information being considered to be a clear delineation point as to what employers may request and not request. At the Canadian Senate in January, the question of the protection personal health information took on a new angle, centering … Continue Reading
On May 2, 2014, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) rendered its decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Johnstone (Johnstone), along with its decision of an appeal in a similar case called Canadian National Railway v. Seeley (Seeley). A full e-alert with our discussion of these cases and the implications for employers can be found here.
Both Johnstone and Seeley involved mothers of young children who requested relief from a workplace schedule or assignment which would have left them without adequate childcare. In Johnstone, the employee worked a rotating shift and requested a … Continue Reading