A federal court decision that says employers are required to accommodate reasonable child-care requests has moved the goalposts in workplace law.
Its real significance, however, ought to be the signal it sends to workers and managers, namely that both have to consider the reasonable needs of the other, as well as their own.
The bottom line is employers must meet the reasonable family needs of their employees, including elder care, if such accommodation will not hurt their business.
At the same time, although the court did not specifically say so, employees should also consider whether their employer can meet their needs when they apply for a job.
» Both editorials originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 19, 2013