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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.

Policy: Monitoring

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?

Policy: References

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

Privacy Act

Public Service Employment Act and Regulations

Public Service Staff Relations Act

Communications Policy

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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