Accommodating childcare obligationsEmployers should not dismiss requests for accommodationBy Stuart Rudner06/02/2014|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2014 Last year, the federal courts found in favour of Fiona Johnstone, a border services employee who alleged she had been discriminated against on the basis of family status. She sought to have her schedule changed to accommodate daycare availability in the area. At the time, many speculated this would “open the floodgates” to employees with children being able to dictate their work schedules. In my blog on www.hrreporter.com, I opined it would not be relevant to most employees — it would only be applicable where the employee could establish a very significant need.The decision was recently addressed by the Federal Court of Appeal, which confirmed the lower court’s ruling but also established a four-step test an individual must meet before discrimination on the basis of family status will be found. 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.