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My employee has dementia – now what?

If you discover an employee has dementia, you need to consider a few things.

As an employer, your principal concern is the success of your business. You may assume an employee with dementia can no longer fulfill his duties and presents a risk to others. As sad as it might be, you may feel your only option is to terminate him. That may not be true.

It’s important to consider each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Scenario: what if Naresh has dementia?

Naresh may still have valuable skills that are important for your business. Understanding where he is struggling and where he can still add value may allow you to adapt his responsibilities instead of having to replace him right away.

It’s important to recognize your obligation under:

  • Collective agreements  
  • The Employment Standards Act
  • The Human Rights Code
  • The Workers’ Insurance Act

Last Updated: 11/08/2017