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On Demand Webinar: Family Status and the Duty to Accommodate

HR Domains (Career GPS): Occupational Health and Safety; Employee Relations; Performance and Rewards

A look at what types of family status must be accommodated in this ever-changing area of employment law.

This session will address some of the common questions that arise in this evolving area of human rightsCanadian HR Reporter law, including:

  • What does the term “family status” mean in the context of human rights?
  • When does an employer have to accommodate an employee's family status?
  • Does the duty to accommodate extend to accommodating scheduling requests related to child care arrangements and preferences?
  • What is an employee’s responsibility to participate in the accommodation process?

Participants will leave with information about tips, traps and best practices for handling family status issues within their workplaces.


Lorenzo Lisi practices employment law with Sherrard Kuzz LLP in Toronto, representing management in both the public and private sectors. His areas of expertise include collective bargaining, employee relations, employment standards, human rights, mediation and wrongful dismissal.

Lorenzo is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Corporate Counsel, Constitutional, Civil Liberties, Human Rights), and has served as a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Human Resources Professionals Association. Lorenzo is regularly asked to speak and write on a variety of employment and labour law topics, and to lead a range of management training workshops.

Katherine Ford is an employment lawyer with Sherrard Kuzz LLP in Toronto providing advice to employers across the country. Among her areas of particular focus are collective bargaining, employee relations, employment contracts, employment standards, arbitration, human rights, mediation, privacy and wrongful dismissal.

Katherine is a Member-at-Large of the National Labour and Employment Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and a member of the Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Constitutional Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, Young Lawyers) and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is also a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Katherine has written and lectured extensively for and at industry and client seminars on a variety of employment and labour issues.

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