If you have a health condition—whether it’s physical or mental—are you obligated to tell your boss? And is your employer ever required to know about your medical issues?
The questions raise all sorts of issues, touching on everything from employment law to human rights. And while the answers are not black-and-white, there are some generalities when it comes to the need to divulge illness or disability in the workplace.
For starters, your medical information is private.
“The privacy of someone’s medical records is deeply enshrined in all of our legal obligations,” says Fred Wynne, a lawyer at Vancouver’s Hamilton Howell Bain and Gould Employment Lawyers. “Disclosure has got to come from the employee; it’s got to be authorized.”
However, Wynne says that employees often choose to divulge their medical status to their employer because they’re aware that there are certain benefits from doing so, such as protection from discrimination under human rights laws.
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