All in the family: accommodating family status

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Two family status cases can help employers understand their obligations when it comes to the protected family status.

Families in Canada are diverse and complicated, so “family status” is not always a clear definition.
In the face of changing ideas of family, employers and employees struggle to understand appropriate balance between family responsibilities and employment obligations.

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti lawyer Carla Nassar talked to HRM about some of the recent cases that can clarify an employer’s obligations.

Childcare Obligations

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Canada has confirmed that “family status” under the Canadian Human Rights Act includes childcare obligations.

In Johnstone v. Canada (Border Services), the Federal Court of Canada upheld the finding that “family status” under the Canadian Human Rights Act requires employers to provide accommodation for an employee’s childcare obligations.

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