On-Demand Webcast: A primer on accommodating illness and disability in the workplace

Date and Time

Starts:08/08/2017 8:00 AM

Ends:08/09/2056 8:00 AM

1 Hour Hour(s)


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Many employers run afoul of human rights legislation when it comes to accommodating an employee's illness or disability. This can lead to human rights complaints and costly damages awards.

This program explores: the scope and nature of the employer's duty to accommodate illness or disability; how to appropriately respond to requests for accommodation; how to handle return to work plans; and limits on requests for medical documentation from the employee.


Learning objectives:

  • Assess when the duty to accommodate arises
  • Understand what constitutes a disability in light of recent case law
  • Understand what the duty to accommodate involves
  • Best practices for responding to requests for accommodation
  • Understand what types of medical documentation you can/should obtain from employees who require accommodation in light of new guidelines from the human rights commission


Who should attend?

This program is appropriate for managers and Human Resources professionals. 

Speaker bio(s)
Priya Sarin

Priya Sarin is a partner at Whitten & Lublin. She brings with her substantial experience representing both employees and employers in employment, labour and human rights related matters, with an emphasis on litigation. Priya has previously worked with clients in such diverse sectors and industries as: IT, banking, financial services, government, small business, retail, health care, education, the arts, food & beverage, manufacturing, news, affordable housing, worker co-operative and non-profit.

Priya routinely drafts or negotiates her clients’ employment agreements, collective agreements, HR policies, independent contractor/consulting agreements and separation packages and she regularly advises on post-employment obligations, conducting harassment investigations and meeting employment, human rights and workplace safety standards.

Priya obtained her B.Comm. at McGill University and her LL.B. and M.A. in International Affairs in Ottawa