When babies need tending, parents need mending

A look at the latest word on family status accommodations in the workplace
By Doug MacLeod
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/02/2013

Discriminating on the basis of family status has been illegal in most Canadian jurisdictions for years. But it’s only recently that the courts and adjudicators have been called upon to decide the scope of an employer’s obligation to accommodate on the basis of family status.

Generally in these cases, an employee asks to miss work (or change her hours) to care for a child or parent, and the employer refuses.