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24/7 operations and child care responsibilities: An employer's obligation

from Winnipeg Free Press

The definition of "family status" under human rights legislation continues to be one of the hottest topics in Canadian employment law. Yet another case involving this area of human rights is SMS Equipment Inc. v Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Local 707, 2015 ABQB 162. At Arbitration, SMS Equipment Inc., was found to have discriminated against an employee, Ms. Cahill-Saunders, on the basis of family status pursuant to the Alberta Human Rights Act because it required her to work rotating day and night shifts. The Employer was found to have an obligation to accommodate the Employee with respect to her childcare duties. more

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