Don’t fear family status (Editor’s Notes)Over the years, accommodating employees for family obligations has become commonplaceBy Todd Humber03/11/2013|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2013 The first time I heard the phrase “family status,” I didn’t know what it meant. It was 2002, I was editing Canadian Employment Law Today, one of our sister publications, and I was relatively new to covering human resources issues.But family status certainly wasn’t revolutionary to human rights bodies. Ontario’s Human Rights Code, for example, has included it since 1982.I had to query the lawyer who had written about it for more information. I knew my first thought had to be wrong — that employers were forbidden from discriminating against employees based on their family’s status in the community. Such a law may have made sense in feudal times but seemed a wee bit out of place in modern Canada. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.