July 18, 2023

Employees with episodic disabilities may face challenges in maintaining consistent attendance and productivity, even when they are otherwise model employees. Unions and employers must support employees in overcoming challenges, gaining access to equal opportunities, and performing effectively. In this panel, experts will discuss the duties of employers and unions in accommodating episodic disabilities. Specifically, panelists will discuss:

  • How might an employee’s episodic disability affect workplace behaviour and productivity?
  • Can an employer or union inquire into whether an employee’s atypical behaviour is related to an episodic disability?
  • When can an employer or union request access to an employee’s medical information? Can this access be requested on an ongoing basis? Do these requests raise concerns regarding employees’ privacy rights?
  • What are best practices in accommodating employees who require modified work?
  • What steps must unions take to satisfy their duty of fair representation of members with episodic disabilities?
  • When have adjudicators found that employers or unions have failed to properly accommodate employees with episodic disabilities?
  • What key terms should employers and unions include in workplace accommodation policies and agreements?

CPD

CPD Alberta
This program has been approved for Continuing Professional Development 1.5 hours under Category A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).
CPD BC and Yukon
This program has been approved by CPHR BC & Yukon for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
CPD Alberta
This program has been approved by CPHR Alberta for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.

CPD

  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Ontario may consider counting this program for 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of New Brunswick may consider this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may consider this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.