Undue Hardship

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Definition - What does Undue Hardship mean?

Undue hardship is a term used to define the grounds that employers are bound by giving disabled employees the chance to perform a job based on a fair and equal trade-off through a duty to accommodate. For employers, undue hardship relies on the dual benefit of accommodating an employee to the point that a company does not sustain a fiscal loss.

SureHire explains Undue Hardship

Undue hardship can pose challenges beyond the scope of the employer to help accommodate a disabled employee to perform job tasks to the extent it taps their resources to make a job easy. The line of work involved is a case-by-case scenario to help streamline the pool of otherwise competent workers that enter the fray. However, the rules in Canada for accommodations are touch-and-go, which means there are many factors to cause undue hardship. For example, financial costs, safety risks issues, low morale, and disruption to other employees' work are components to weigh.


The legal boundaries for undue hardship are objective based on company size, nature of the job, low morale, and disruption of other employees' work. An employer that keeps good records can maintain a case of accommodations where a disabled employee cannot do the job tasks where concerns of undue hardship can occur.

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