HRPA is launching a campaign to create awareness of and preparedness for the accessibility standard for employment under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (Employment Standard). This standard will help employers make their employment practices and workplaces more accessible to potential and existing employees with disabilities.
Persons with disabilities are a large, diverse and talented group of people that is under-represented and under-utilized in the Ontario workforce. To attract, retain and engage the talent, Ontario will need to compete in the 21st century, employers need to accommodate these workers. Besides, it is now the law.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Employment Standard makes accessibility in organizations a regular part of finding, hiring, supporting and communicating with employees who have disabilities. Under the AODA, organizations are required to comply with a number of accessibility standards, including the Employment Standard, so that organizations can be more welcoming and inclusive for everyone.
But understanding the employer’s duty to accommodate doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing. HRPA has made it easy to understand and simple to execute through the Harold Jeepers’ series of six short videos. Each video deals with one of the requirements of the Employment Standard. It also includes a companion guide to the videos that provides information about the Employment Standard that employers can use to build awareness of the Standard with their managers and other staff. Visit www.oshawachamber.com for links to the videos and Guides.