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Family status, caregiving and human rights: A four part series

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Publication Date: 
10 Sep 2014


The Canadian Human Rights Commission invites you to register for a four part series that will provide an overview of caregiving in Canada. We will highlight the research and the human rights laws and principles that apply, and invite discussion on promising practices both in Canada and around the world. Throughout the webinars, we will refer audience members to a variety of resources, including the Commission's own guide to balancing work and caregiving obligations.

Module I - Modern (Canadian!) family: families, caregiving, and work
September 16, 2014 1:00 - 2:00 EST

This webinar provides an overview of some key sociological research in an easy-to-understand format, introducing important concepts describing families and the current state of caregiving in Canada, and consider the challenges faced by caregivers and employers. This webinar will provide an evidence base for why caregiving is a systemic policy issue of importance for Canada now and in the coming years.

Register for Module I

Module II - An introduction to human rights, caregiving, and the workplace
September 23, 2014 1:00 - 2:00 EST

This webinar introduces the ground of family status in human rights law, and explain how human rights law applies to the caregiving obligations of employees under federal jurisdiction. It will clarify legal principles, examine the policies and practices required to fulfill the legal duty to accommodate, and highlight the roles and responsibilities of those involved. This webinar is suitable for anyone new to the issue or wanting a refresher.

Register for Module II

Module III - New case law and new approaches
September 30, 2014 1:00 - 2:00 EST

This webinar takes a more in-depth look at the case law on caregiving, and examine in more detail two of the newest cases decided by the Federal Court of Appeal. It explores policies and approaches to manage the issue successfully.

Register for Module III

Module IV - A broader look at the social, legal, and international context
October 7, 2014 1:00 - 2:00 EST

This webinar offers an overview of the social context in Canada and internationally, reviewing human rights laws in various Canadian jurisdictions and consider related legislation;it will discuss new research and promising practices and policies. It also considers the broader social policy issues in play, and introduces some of the organizations looking at the issue more widely. Finally, it will raise some dilemmas for caregivers and employers, and invite discussion of potential solutions.

Register for Module IV