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Quebec Charter imposes duty to accommodate, rules appeal court

A precedent-setting ruling by the Quebec Court of Appeal that amended the provincial law governing an employers’ duty to accommodate employees with workplace injuries will compel employers, unions, workers, and the Quebec worker’s compensation board to review the way they manage employment injury cases, according to employment and labour lawyers.

In light of Supreme Court of Canada rulings regarding reasonable accommodation of people with disabilities, the Quebec Court of Appeal held that the rehabilitative process contemplated by the Quebec Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational injuries (ARIAOD) does not relieve employers of their duty to accommodate under the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

“This ruling helps to ensure the progress of labour rights,” remarked Sophie Cloutier, a Quebec City labour lawyer.