The pandemic and working from home is exacerbating workplace conditions. Many organizations do not have existing policies in place to prioritize diversity and inclusion in situations such as this, meaning legal professionals are working hard to uphold workers’ human rights.
As an employer, you may be looking for cost effective, meaningful ways to make your workplace more inclusive. Going above and beyond for your employees by empathizing and understanding their unique needs is a great place to start.
Wade Poziomka of Ross & McBride LLP regularly represents employees and employers and human rights matters in Ontario and federally. Recently, he has done extensive work with both employees and employers from a human rights perspective in relation to the pandemic.
Wade suggests the key way for legal practitioners to make DEI a priority this year is to be proactive.
Are your policies meaningful? Are you acting on them? Are your employees or clients getting training? Do your employees feel included? Is there a diverse workforce? If not, why not? And what can you do to fix that?