The article provides a useful canvass of the junction of long term disability insurance and human rights obligations. It points out insures duties and potential grounds of possible liability (breach of contract in the accommodation process, participation or complicity in discrimination, breach of the duty to act in good faith).
Review of recent legislated changes on mandatory retirement in Canada; advocates a holistic approach to regulation of a worker's older age in order to best promote the right to age equality for senior workers, balancing this with the rights of employers and society overall.
Using an approach to age discrimination that values the equal concern and treatment of at any point in time of their lives (labeled the 'Dignified Lives Approach'); argues that the duty to accommodate younger workers with disabilities should equally apply to seniors with disabilities, and that the duty to accommodate senior workers should include any age-related needs apart from direct disability concerns.
Survey of case law on what the author refers to as 'non-mainstream' disabilities, or those disabilities that are difficult to diagnose (episodic or mental health related, for example) as jurisprudence on the duty to accommodate has not yet adequately addressed these issues; duty to accommodate and relevant human rights legislation needs to better tackle the barriers such individuals face, presented by current interpretations.