By now most of you will have heard about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its various accessibility standards aimed at creating a barrier-free province by 2025. One upcoming compliance deadline you should know about is for the Act’s Employment Standard.The Employment Standard makes accessibility in organizations a regular part of finding, hiring, supporting and communicating with employees who have disabilities. The deadline for Employment Standard compliance is January 1, 2016 for large organizations (50+ employees) and January 1, 2017 for smaller organizations (>50 employees). By 2012, all organizations must provide workplace emergency response information and plans to employees with disabilities.
HRPA’s free AODA Employment Standard videos
Understanding your compliance obligations doesn’t have to be difficult. The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) has made it easy to understand and simple to execute with the Harold Jeepers’ series of six short (five-minute) videos.
Set a date, invite your team to brown-bag it or order some pizza, gather around a computer and enjoy! The videos cover:
· Developing and Documenting Individual Accommodation Plans
· Keeping Accessibility Needs and Plans in Mind When Redeploying Persons With Disabilities
· Accessible Formats and Communication Supports
· Workplace Emergency Response Information
· Recruitment and Informing Employees of Supports
· Facilitating Return to Work
You can view the videos at www.youtube.com/user/HRPATV
Just watching the videos and following along with the CHANNELS compliance guide will put you and your team well on the way to AODA Employment Standard compliance. Download CHANNELS here.