Managing Disabilities in the Workplace: Duty to Accommodate

7 CPD Hours

Date and Time

Starts:05/15/2019 8:30 AM

Ends:05/15/2019 4:30 PM

Event Type



Yorkville Conference Center

150 Bloor St W, 2nd FL

Toronto, ON


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Additional Information

Event Sponsor

Develop the Ability to Handle Workplace Disability

<  Be better equipped to handle all accommodation issues

<  Avoid costly complaints and litigation

<  Build the foundation for a more inclusive workforce.

One of the most complex human resources issues is dealing with accommodation - disability and mental health, as well as requests for accommodation on the basis of family status.

<  Attend this session to obtain a better understanding of workplace mental health issues, employees’ family needs and the legal framework behind accommodation

<  Participate in discussions about appropriate strategies with the help of practical examples and fact scenarios

<  Explore recent case law studies and a new approach regarding family status

<  Obtain practical advice on how to find solutions that work for your workplace

<  Be better equipped to avoid costly complaints and litigation and build the foundation for a more inclusive workforce

All Participants Receive a Resource Binder that includes:

<  Power point presentation

<  Workshop materials on Understanding the Duty to Accommodate

<  Flow chart – Employee Absent from Work

<  Sample Functional Evaluation Form

<  Sample Accommodation Policy

<  Useful Publications

<  Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate

<  Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - Prevention, Promotion, and Guidance to Staged Implementation

<  Workplace Resources for Employers: Mental Health in the Workplace - Mental Health Works

WHY you should be Here:

<  The practical solutions to accommodating disability

<  How far you can go when accommodating child and elder care needs

<  The best practices to protect your organization against future litigation or complaints

<  What you can say and not say to an individual requesting accommodation

<  The unique issues which present in issues concerning mental health

WHAT you will Gain:

<  Understand the extent of your role and duty to accommodate when dealing with disability, and in particular, mental health issues

<  Comprehend the actual costs associated with accommodating disability requests

<  Create an inclusive workforce benefits everyone, including the employer’s bottom line

Who should attend:

Owners of businesses; HR professionals, managers and supervisors responsible for: dealing with and implementing solutions related to workplace accommodation, disability and mental health issues especially with regards to family status.


To determine if your company qualifies to cover the cost of this program, click here.


We are listening to you, our Members.

You have provided feedback that you would prefer to receive soft copies of presentations instead of printed materials, in order to be mindful of the environment and to reduce our carbon footprint.  Therefore, in 2019, HRPA Professional Development will, whenever possible, provide a soft copy of the participant course material.  We will not produce printed materials unless there is reason to do so (e.g. program format).

If you absolutely need a hard copy, we request that you print and bring it with you.  Hard copies will not be available on site.

Thank you for your understanding.

PD Team


Speaker bio(s)

Speaker Tim Allen

Tim Allen

Highly skilled, Tim provides advice and representation to employers in many areas of employment and labour law.

While in university, Tim received several awards for academic achievements and was selected to participate in an international moot.

Tim is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation, Young Lawyers).

Speaker Adam James

Adam James

Adam regularly advises and advocates for employers on a wide range of employment and labour law matters.

Adam is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, and Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment; Civil Litigation; Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights; Workers’ Compensation; and Young Lawyers). He is also the Corporate Secretary for Start Proud, an organization supporting LGBTQ youth as they transition to the professional world.

While at law school Adam won the Sherrard Kuzz LLP Prize for highest standing in employment, labour and administrative law, was the volunteer coordinator with the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and participated in two labour arbitration moots. He began his career as a student with Sherrard Kuzz LLP, during which time he completed a secondment with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

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