Advocate for supports and assist members to secure reasonable accommodations for care-giving responsibilities associated with the pandemic
Human rights law in Canada prevents discrimination on the basis of family status, and requires that employers provide reasonable accommodation. For example, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has issued the following statement on the current situation: An employee who has care-giving responsibilities should be accommodated to the point of undue hardship, which might include staying home. These care-giving responsibilities which relate to the Code ground of family status could include situations where another family member is ill or in self-isolation, or where their child’s school is closed due to COVID-19.
Supports for those with caregiving responsibilities could include access to or funding for child care, reduced or deferred teaching load, smaller class sizes,additional teaching assistantships, and deferral of tenure and promotion deadlines