The Perils of Labour & Employment Law

Local government employers are well aware of the many perils involved in managing and dismissing employees given the obligations placed on employers by statute, common law, and human rights. The law in relation to discrimination on the basis of family status is expanding to include both childcare and eldercare obligations. Two recent Federal Court of Appeal decisions highlight the dangers when employers try to rely on technical arguments in the face of compelling circumstances facing parents with young children who work irregular work schedules. Human Rights Tribunals have also extended protection under family status to employees who have eldercare responsibilities.

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