Is everything a disease now? (Editor’s Notes)

There has to be a limit to what is deserving of accommodation
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/24/2013

The next time an employee rolls in 30 minutes late, or completely forgets to come to work, you may need to step back before issuing the standard discipline and ask yourself: “Is this a disability I need to accommodate?”

To my knowledge, the notion of lateness as a disease hasn’t been tested on this side of the pond but the case of 57-year-old Jim Dunbar is making ripples in the United Kingdom.

Dunbar has been late for pretty much everything in his life. Work, dates, meals with friends — even funerals — are on his list. After decades of this behaviour, Dunbar was diagnosed with chronic lateness, according to the Daily Mail. The working theory is the condition is “caused by the same part of the brain affected by those who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and means Mr. Dunbar cannot properly gauge how long things take to complete.”