Policy on accommodating disabilities of employees

The Guidance discusses reasonable accommodations applicable to the hiring process and to the benefits and privileges of employment.

However, employers may want to develop formal policies and procedures for several reasons.Under the Employment Equity Act, the Treasury Board and the Public Service Commission share employer responsibilities to the extent of their authority under the Financial Administration Act and the Public Service Employment Act.This policy therefore sets out the requirements for the Treasury Board, the Public Service Commission and their delegates.Furthermore, the University is not required to lower performance, production or conduct standards nor to alter attendance requirements expected of all employees.If the accommodation is deemed appropriate and reasonable, then the department bears the initial responsibility for funding the accommodation.Do employers have any obligation to provide temporary accommodations while researching an employee's accommodation request?According to informal guidance from the EEOC, there is no definite answer to this question; it depends on the situation.This Guidance examines what "reasonable accommodation" means and who is entitled to receive it. The Guidance addresses what constitutes a request for reasonable accommodation, the form and substance of the request, and an employer's ability to ask questions and seek documentation after a request has been made. The Employment Equity Act requires the reasonable accommodation of persons with disabilities and others within the federal workplace.The Act also requires employers to identify and remove barriers to the employment of persons in designated groups.