Human rights and the duty to accommodate


Join us in this comprehensive workshop as we refresh participants on the basics of human rights law and delve into the employer’s duty to accommodate in the workplace.

Learning objectives

By attending the workshop, participants will gain: 

  • An overview of the human rights process.
  • A review of the key prohibited grounds for discrimination under the BC Human Rights Code, including evolution in the case law within the categories of disability, sex, gender and family status.
  • Strategies for handling human rights complaints and the impact of the newly restored Human Rights Commission.

The workshop will also provide participants with an overview on accommodation, the latest legal developments and their impact on the workplace, and answer questions including:

  • The employer’s duty to accommodate – when does it arise and what does it require?
  • How do you know when you’ve reached the point of undue hardship?
  • What must be accommodated, and what does not need to be accommodated?
    What about the accommodation process? Can the employer be liable based on process alone?

Participants will also acquire tools to address common challenging issues that arise for employers under human rights laws, including:

  • Imposing discipline in the face of non-culpable behaviours (i.e. “hybrid” scenarios)
  • The overlap between human rights law and performance management processes
  • Fielding requests for “stress” leaves, and 
  • Balancing the rights of other employees in the workplace when making accommodation decisions.

Learning format 

Participants will partake in hands-on workshops and case studies to better familiarize themselves with the principles and application of prohibited discrimination and accommodation. These will include interactive group activities and scenarios that will provide participants with the opportunity to apply their learnings.

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for human resource professionals and members of management who may receive complaints of discrimination or requests for accommodation from subordinate employees. This workshop will be relevant to both unionized and non-unionized workforces.


David Woolias and Jessica Fairbairn

Payment is required to confirm your registration. A $50 cancellation fee per person will be charged if you cancel your registration less than 5 business days before the event. A refund will not be issued if you do not advise us of your cancellation before the event.

The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR) has pre-approved this seminar for 5.50 continuing professional development (CPD) hours.



  • Type Workshop
  • Date October 25, 2019
  • Time 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Location Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, 645 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Cost $780 + GST per person
  • Includes Continental breakfast, lunch and materials