#202 – (MASTERCLASS) Accommodating Fear in Returning to Work
In this open forum discussion, we’ll discuss tips and strategies to consider in dealing with employees who are expressing fear and anxiety about the re-opening of their workplace. From another perspective, we’ll also explore an employer’s legal obligations with respect to an employee’s health and safety concerns upon returning back to the workplace.
Speaker: Zaheer Lakhani, Partner, Lakhani Campea LLP
Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at the boutique law firm Lakhani Campea LLP, which specializes in employment law, workplace investigations and litigation services. Called to the Bar in 1998, Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers as well as individuals in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice.
Zaheer is frequently sought out to provide third party investigation services for various employers including municipal clients, school boards, and Canadian Universities. In the spring of 2020, his investigation involving the conduct of an elected school board trustee was referenced in various news media including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.Zaheer has also appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to discuss discrimination and toxic workplaces and he was quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in an article related to workplace harassment. Zaheer has delivered presentations on a variety of topics on behalf of various chapters of the Human Resource Professional’s Association (HRPA), the HRPA’s annual conference, as well as the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) Spring and Fall Conference. Most recently, he delivered a presentation discussing the Impact of Racial Bias and Racism in the Workplace.