Managing employee medical leaves from health, safety perspective

Additional precautions needed for safety-sensitive positions
By Ruben Goulart and Megan Burkett
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/24/2012

Companies often focus on health and safety risks associated with an injury or illness that occurs at the workplace.

However, there may still be a risk if an employee suffers from an injury or illness outside of work. In such a case, the issue is whether the employee is medically fit to return to work following a medical leave of absence.

Even if the employee can return to work on modified duties, health and safety requirements in Ontario, for example, require undue hardship to be considered by an employer in discharging its duty to accommodate under the Ontario Human Rights Code.