Accommodation at Work: The Role of Ontario Employers and Employees

Last week, VW Lawyers' Andrew Vey spoke at the Ottawa Human Resources Professionals Association Conference on the process of providing reasonable accommodation to Ontario employees at work.

The accommodation process is often triggered when an individual suffers an illness or injury and requires modification to their role as a result (either on a temporary, or more indefinite basis). Whenever an accommodation at work becomes necessary, both the employee and employer will be required to work together to find a reasonable solution that meets both the employee's needs and allows the employer to have the employee continue to perform productive work. 

The below chart provides a summary of obligations that parties to an accommodation process may have. It further takes into consideration the role of a union (assuming a unionized workplace) as a party to the accommodation process:

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Vey Willetts LLP is an Ottawa-based employment and labour law firm that provides timely and cost-effective legal advice to help employees and employers resolve workplace issues in the National Capital Region and across Ontario. To speak with an employment lawyer about workplace accommodation contact us at: 613-238-4430 or