IT’S JUST GOOD BUSINESS TO MAKE YOUR STAFF COMFORTABLE
The Ontario Human Rights Code requires all employers to meet the accommodation needs of employees with disabilities to the point of undue hardship.
The Employment Standard builds on this requirement. The standard requires employers to have processes in place to determine an employee’s accommodation needs, and it addresses key processes in the life cycle of a job. Requirements apply only to paid employees, not volunteers and non-paid individuals.
There are the key areas that fall under the Employment Standard:
- Informing Employees of Supports
- Recruitment, Assessment or Selection Process
- Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for Employees
- Workplace Emergency Response Information
- Documented Individual Accommodation Plans
- Return to Work Process
- Performance Management, Career Development, Advancement, and Redeployment
COMPLIANCE DEADLINES FOR THE EMPLOYMENT STANDARD
Requirement deadlines of the Employment Standard should have already been met as of January 1, 2014. The only exception was the January 1, 2012 deadline for the workplace emergency response information. If your organization has not completed your requirements under the AODA and are unsure of where to start, please contact us today for a free needs assessment.