OTTAWA, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Human Rights Commission
(CHRC) has released its Guide to Balancing Work and Caregiving Obligations: Collaborative
Approaches for a Supportive and Well-performing Workplace.
The rights of family caregivers are an issue of increasing importance,
as highlighted in the 2013 Speech from the Throne and more recently in
two landmark court rulings. The CHRC's online guide offers employers
and employees practical tips on what to do when an employee's family
caregiving and work responsibilities come into conflict.
The guide was developed in consultation with key CHRC stakeholder groups
and was launched at a national human rights conference in Ottawa this
week. The CASHRA 2014 conference is hosted by the CHRC together
with the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies
(CASHRA), and with generous support from the Mental Health Commission
of Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
At some point in their lives, nearly half (46%) of Canadians aged 15 and
older have provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term
health condition, a disability or aging needs. This is in addition to
the caregiving provided to raise children.
Approximately one in ten caregivers provide more than 30 hours/week of
Canada's courts recently reaffirmed in Johnstone v. Canada Border Services Agency and Seeley v. Canadian National Railway Company that providing care to a family member is protected under the ground of
family status in the Canadian Human Rights Act.
"More and more Canadian employees are trying to balance work with care
for children, aging parents or other loved ones. This guide should help
employees and employers approach this issue productively, ensuring that
caregivers can continue to participate fully and meaningfully in the
— David Langtry, Acting Chief Commission of the Canadian Human Rights
''Family caregivers can play an extremely important role in the recovery
journey of those with mental illness, but they can face many challenges
when balancing caregiving with workplace obligations. This Guide offers
concrete guidance for managers to help employees meet these challenges.
I congratulate the CHRC for advancing recommendations from the Mental
Health Commission of Canada's family caregiver guidelines, Mental
Health Strategy for Canada, and national workplace standard."
— Louise Bradley, CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada
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SOURCE: Canadian Human Rights Commission
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