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What are job accommodations?

HIV is considered a disability under anti-discrimination law in Canada, and every employer has a duty to accommodate an employee with a disability.

You do not have to disclose your HIV status to obtain accommodations. To accommodate you means to remove barriers (physical, policy or attitudinal) so that you are able to do the essential duties of your job, despite having a medical condition.

For example, a simple accommodation might be changing your work schedule to permit you to go for medical appointments.

If you are living with HIV and need accommodations in order to continue working or to return to work you have a responsibility to cooperate with your employer. This may mean participating in discussions about work duties, and working with your employer and/or union on an ongoing basis to manage the process.

What are reasonable accommodations for people living with HIV?

  • Allowing you to take time to ensure that you are taking medications at their prescribed time every day
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Time off to attend doctors’ appointments
  • Generous leave policies
  • The opportunity to shift from full-time to part-time work and back again
  • Reassignment to a less demanding position

Living With HIV:  Know Your Rights.  Accommodation in the Workplace.

Download Know Your Rights.pdf

Employment ACTion’s job developers can help you decide if you need accommodations and can work with you to devise a strategy to ask for them while protecting your rights.  Contact us to discuss your needs