Accomodating family

Both Johnstone and her husband worked as full-time employees of the Canada Border Services Agency, putting in a series of irregular, rotating shifts before their first child was born in 2003.

Rudner predicted cases involving elder care will surface in court before too long.But the ruling that may seem encouraging to thousands of struggling employees does not represent an unqualified victory, he said.The decision forces employers to accommodate family status requests up to the point of "undue hardship," a concept he said is left loosely defined."The courts and tribunals want to maintain discretion to look at every individual case," he said.