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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

AODA Deadline: January 1, 2016

McTague Law Firm Labour and Employment Newsletter

December 2015
  
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ("AODA") and its regulations have established a schedule by which all employers in Ontario must meet its accessibility standards. The next deadline for compliance is January 1, 2016.

Employers that do not comply with the AODA may be subject to an administrative penalty of up to $100,000.00 for a corporation and $50,000.00 for an individual or unincorporated organization.

The government has not actively enforced compliance with the AODA to date. However, the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure recently launched a blitz targeting larger retailers to ensure compliance. Blitzes for other industries will follow.

By January 1, 2016 large organizations with 50 or more employees in Ontario must:

  • Notify employees, job applicants, and the public about the availability of accommodation in its recruitment process and for employees generally, including accessible formats and communication supports;
  • Develop performance management, career development, advancement, and redeployment processes that take into account the needs of employees with disabilities;
  • Implement a written process for the development of accommodation plans for employees with disabilities and provide individualized workplace emergency response information as required;
  • Ensure that specified internet and web content is accessible; etc.

Small organizations with at least one but fewer than 50 employees must implement a process for receiving and responding to feedback which is accessible to persons with disabilities by January 1, 2016.

If you require any assistance complying with the AODA and its regulations by January 1, 2016 please contact Michael A. Wills at 519-255-4346 or mwills@mctaguelaw.com

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