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  • Model Policy on Accommodation
    Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society & reachAbility, June 2011

    Written for employers, to help promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the legal profession. The model policy addresses an employer’s commitment to and responsibilities in accommodating disability; an employee’s responsibilities if they expect their disability to be accommodated; and how employers and employees can reach an agreement about an accommodation that works for everyone.
  • Developing a Workplace Accommodation Policy
    Canadian Human Rights Commission

    The CHRC developed this policy template for employers without the resources to draft an accommodation policy from scratch; its structure is similar to LSBC’s model policy. Simply insert details relevant to your organization where indicated to create a bare bones policy, then augment and customize to fit your unique situation. It includes a policy statement; sections on application, definitions, responsibilities and expectations, procedures for accommodation, appeals, privacy and confidentiality, and reviews
  • An employers guide to Islamic religious practices
    National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), 2014

    This comprehensive guide describes how employers should accommodate Muslim employees. It also covers cultural considerations such as dietary restrictions. Written in a concise style, it is a handy quick reference.
  • Guide to developing a law firm policy regarding accommodation requirements
    Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005

    Designed to assist Ontario employers in their duty to accommodate, though much of its information is generally applicable to any jurisdiction. Unlike other guides, it explains why organizations need written policies and why accommodation is a concern for all organizations. Includes a glossary and a model policy, with advice on how to implement and review it.
  • MS in the Workplace: an employer’s guide
    Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 2008

    Written to explain multiple sclerosis and the duty to accommodate for employers. It dispels myths about the condition, describes how MS impacts employees, offers recommended accommodations, and explains employer and employee rights and obligations. Also: a brief FAQ section and list of additional resources.
  • A Manager's Guide to Accommodation and Return to Work
    Public Service Commission of Saskatchewan, 2011

    Prepared for public service employers in Saskatchewan; much of the information is applicable to employers in both the public and private sectors elsewhere. It describes the legal framework around accommodation, explaining discrimination, disability, accommodation and undue hardship. The guide walks readers through the accommodation process and includes a section on communication. Unlike the BC version, this one covers return-to-work.
  • A Manager’s Guide to Reasonable Accommodation
    British Columbia Public Service Agency, 2008

    Prepared for public service employers in BC; much of the information is applicable to employers in both the public and private sectors elsewhere. The guide explains basic concepts such as discrimination, bona fide occupational requirements, the duty to accommodate, and undue hardship. Also describes the accommodation process step by step and the importance of documentation, and explains when reasonable accommodation has been achieved.
  • Model Policy: Workplace Accommodation
    Law Society of British Columbia, 2007

    Drafted to provide guidance to BC. employers on implementing an accommodation policy. As with the CHRC template, it includes a statement of commitment; the purpose of the policy; and sections on applicability, responsibilities, undue hardship, privacy and confidentiality, appeals, and procedure relating to its communication and review. This model policy should only serve as a guide; some provisions are not applicable to smaller firms, and BC. references should be modified.
  • A place for all: a guide to creating an inclusive workplace
    Canadian Human Rights Commission, 2006

    A comprehensive guide for creation of policies and procedures related to the duty to accommodate. In lieu of a model policy, the guide suggests questions that employers should ask themselves while drafting, plus commentary and sample language. It also covers creating procedures to analyze organizational programs and activities, and advises employers on dealing with individual accommodation requests. Particularly helpful: appendices with form templates, key case law summaries and additional resources.

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