As part two of our three-part series on the new AODA legislation, we are discussing your requirements as an employer in the province of Ontario under the new AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards. In our last blog we discussed the requirements of the Information and Communication Standard, which is the first of the standards under the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards. This week we are focusing on the second of the three standards - Accessibility Standard for Employment and what this means to business owners and HR professionals in Ontario.
The Employment Standard is designed to help Ontario businesses and organizations make accessibility a regular part of finding, hiring and supporting employees with disabilities. The Standard applies to all employers in Ontario who employ at least one paid employee including full-time, part-time or apprenticeships. This standard does not apply to volunteers and other unpaid individuals (e.g., co-op placements, high school work experience placements).
There are many factors involved for organizations to comply with this piece of legislation. Below is a list of things organizations will have to do:
Employers need to make sure that their entire recruitment process from advertising the posting, accepting applications, selecting candidates and interviewing them, is accessible to all candidates. This will ensure that people with disabilities are treated the same as every other applicant. In addition, employees who become disabled during employment must be able to retain their jobs, if they can still perform the essential duties of the job.
As part of these standards, all sectors were required to provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees, when necessary, as of January 1, 2012.
Part Three of the AODA Legislation states: “Unless otherwise specified in a section, obligated organizations, as employers, shall meet the requirements set out in this Part in accordance with the following schedule:
Need more information or help getting started? Clear Path is here for you!
We are offering an AODA learning session on February 7, 2013 that will focus on the new Integration Standards providing you with the information you need to be compliant. Register before January 24th to receive a discounted price!
We also offer a DIY AODA Package that includes a workplace accessibility tool, customizable policy statement, a PowerPoint presentation to train your employees and more. You can purchase the DIY Package through our website or by contacting us via email or phone.
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