Accommodating Disability in the Workplace: The Trials and Tribulations

Know the right questions to ask and the best practices for the sensitive task of accommodating employee disability



On Demand
Course Leader : Daniel Chodos, Whitten & Lublin
Duration : 1 hour 0 minute
Price: $69.00

Employees are increasingly aware about human rights legislation. While this knowledge is better for society as a whole, it can create unique challenges for employers, who want to ensure their workplace is free from discrimination, but nevertheless ensure a maximum level of operational flexibility. This program is aimed at those companies.  

One of the most challenging areas for employers falls under the category of accommodating employees’ disabilities. Because most companies don’t have doctors or occupational nurses on staff, very few managers are properly equipped to address the myriad medical questions which necessarily arise. Unfortunately, human rights tribunals still expect them to be. Moreover, because of the sensitivity associated with most disability-related issues, many employers are justifiably afraid to ask questions, for fear of stepping into liability or getting “trapped” because of their response. 

Therefore, it is very important to get the right advice as these unique situations unfold, and to know the right sources for that advice. While every form of disability accommodation requires special consideration, some of the broader topics we will explore include: 

  • Explaining the concept of accommodating disability to the point of undue hardship
  • When to ask questions and what questions to ask
  • Appropriate sources for medical information
  • Impact on performance management
  • Perceived vs. actual disabilities
  • The importance of proper documentation
  • Interplay with disability insurance benefits
  • How courts and tribunals address issues of “damages”


PRESENTER: Daniel Chodos, Whitten & Lublin

An experienced employment lawyer, Daniel Chodos has practiced at two of the most respected labour and employment law firms in Canada, where he advises both employees and employers in resolving the various types of disputes that arise within the employment relationship. 

Daniel has litigated numerous cases, including such issues as wrongful dismissals, human rights, employment standards, workplace violence and harassment, and employment insurance.  He also has a background in labour law and collective bargaining.  

With this background, Daniel has represented both employees and employers before numerous administrative tribunal hearings and in the courts, including the Ontario Labour Relations Boards, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

*Please note, this webinar is available for viewing for 7 days from date of enrollment.