Mental health and the duty to accommodate

The “duty to accommodate” is a legal right, under the Human Rights Code. Mental illnesses fall under the protected grounds as a disability. If a worker living with a mental illness has a limitation that prevents them from performing essential duties of their job, they have a legal right to accommodation. These limitations can be permanent, temporary, or episodic. The degree varies among individuals. Ideally, employers will accommodate workers before a health crisis happens, by taking steps to create a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

Wood Buffalo Housing pushes staff to the street: Lockout notice served to employees

Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) in Fort McMurray AB served its 49 employees lock out notice today, meaning that as of Friday at 4:30 pm, employees will be forced to hit the picket lines.

WBH is a non-profit subsidiary of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo which provides housing to residents of Fort McMurray.

CUPE 1505 President Judy Collier said her members do not want to stop serving residents and the community, but the WBH is forcing their hands.