Your mother has Alzheimer’s disease, and you’re the daughter left with the responsibility of caring for her—in addition to caring for your immediate family and fulfilling your employment obligations.

Yet, balancing caregiving and employment no easy task. It often involves shuffling schedules, embarrassing phone calls with your employer about arriving late, burnout, late evening meals, and the list goes on.

Usually, you can muster the energy and make it work. But what if you couldn’t? What if our loved one needs more of your time and attention?

Under the Canadian Human Rights Act, employers are obligated to accommodate your caregiving responsibilities. In fact, in some provinces failing to do so may be grounds for family status discrimination.

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