Workshop on Duty to Accommodate Policy
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Accommodation is everyone 's business. It is the law, it makes good business sense, and it is the respectful thing to do. Accommodation balances the diverse needs of all individuals, groups, organizations and businesses in our society. It is a means by which we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive, non-discriminatory organization and society through tangible actions.
In order for the accommodation process to work effectively, persons needing accommodation, employers, union officials, experts and co-workers must dialogue and work together. While the accommodation process may involve challenges and costs, it helps to create an inclusive work environment and society that respects people, diversity and human rights.
Monitors may look for the following evidence, and other indicators, to show that the policy on "the duty to accommodate" is having the desired effect:
- reductions in the number of formal Human Resources complaints and grievances;
- progress reports on Employment Equity;
- descriptions of measures taken to accommodate federal employees.
The Treasury Board Secretariat will assess and evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of this policy in accordance with the Policy on Active Monitoring.
The Public Service Commission will also monitor the application of this policy as part of its overall active monitoring of the federal Public Service staffing system.
Departments and agencies will provide early notice to the Treasury Board Secretariat and/or the Public Service Commission of significant issues arising from the implementation of this policy.
I. Closing Exercise
What is one thing you'll commit to doing, or not doing any more, to make your own workplace more accommodating?
Access to Information Act
Canada Labour Code, Part II
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Canadian Human Rights Act
Employment Equity Act and Regulations
Financial Administration Act
Official Languages Act
Public Service Employment Act and Regulations
Public Service Staff Relations Act
Disability Insurance Plan for Public Service Employees
Personnel Psychology Centre Guidelines for Assessment of Persons with Disabilities
Policy on Alternate Formats
Policy on Language Training
Policy on the Disposal of Surplus Moveable Crown Assets
Policy on the Staffing of Bilingual Positions
Public Service Commission's Standards for Selection and Assessment
Public Service Management Insurance Plan (Long-Term Disability)
Real Property Accessibility Policy
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