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20CE - Employer Liability and the Employee’s Family Life

24 May 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Did you know that more than half of all cases before human rights tribunals involve an allegation of discrimination on the basis of disability? When it comes to disability management, employers have a duty to accommodate under human rights legislation. Now, more than ever, employers need to carefully and proactively manage disabilities in the workplace.

In addition to disability management, it is crucial employers pay close attention to family status accommodation. Employers should expect to see an increase in the number of family status requests from employees (child care and/or elder care). Further, the number of family status claims brought by employees is rising and likely to continue to rise due to the ‘sandwich generation.’ The biggest areas of concerns for employers that lead to accommodation requests are work schedules, company policies and the use of company benefits.

This session will explore the legal landscape surrounding managing disabilities and family status accommodation in the workplace providing employers with the knowledge needed to navigate the process and requests.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand disability management.
    2. Understand family status discrimination/accommodation.
    3. Understand what is the employer’s duty to accommodate.
    4. Understand what this means for the employers.


Stuart Ducoffe, LLB, CHRL

Stuart Ducoffe is a seasoned employment and labour lawyer. He is the founder of e2r and partner and co-founder of Woolgar VanWiechen Cosgriffe Ducoffe LLP, practising exclusively in the area of employment and labour law. Prior to founding e2r and the law firm, Stuart practised for many years with one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious law firms. He obtained his law degree from McGill University in 1984, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986. Stuart is one of only a small group of employment and labour lawyers certified by Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).