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Safety (and Accessibility) First: How Accessibility and Health and Safety Intersect

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 27, 2020 2:30:00 PM

 

HR has a lot of responsibilities in the workplace, and sometimes they feel like one huge interconnected task. Everything affects everything else, and this is particularly true of the relationship between accessibility and health and safety. In both domains, employers bear enormous responsibility for ensuring compliance and anticipating employee needs.

Health and safety legislation across Canada already requires employers to do everything reasonable under the circumstances to protect workers and prevent injuries. Increasingly, jurisdictions are passing laws requiring similarly thorough efforts to remove barriers to access for persons with disabilities. Ontario and Manitoba have already enacted accessibility standards related to employment, and other provinces and the federal government have taken steps towards establishing comprehensive regulations of their own

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Topics: Health and Safety, Accessibility

Accessibility for All: The Benefits of Creating an Accessible Workplace

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 11, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Statistics Canada estimates that one in every five working-age Canadians lives with some form of disability. The most common types of disabilities are related to mobility, pain, and mental health. Most people living with these conditions can work and do seek meaningful employment, yet nearly 40 percent of working adults with disabilities are currently unemployed. Those living with disabilities could enter the labour market, actively participate in the workforce, and contribute to the economy if organizations made improvements to workplace accessibility. This is why it is important for all organizations to promote accessibility in their workplace, both for employees and customers, even if they are not specifically required to do so by legislation.

Businesses that work to identify and reduce barriers and improve accessibility for job seekers, employees, and customers can see considerable economic gains. So why isn’t everyone creating an accessible workplace?

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Topics: Accessibility, Employee Management

Your Guide to AODA Legislation Changes

Posted by HRdownloads on Jul 6, 2016 11:33:58 AM

Let us help you navigate your way through AODA legislation. Follow our AODA Roadmap and review the checkpoints along the way.

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Topics: Ontario, AODA, Accessibility

Are You Ready for Changes under the AODA? What Ontario Employers Need to Know and Do, As of July 1, 2016

Posted by HRdownloads on Jun 29, 2016 10:26:06 AM

Will your company still be compliant once new changes to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) come into effect on July 1, 2016? These changes will directly affect most businesses in Ontario, so it is a good idea to examine your accessibility policies and procedures now to ensure that they stay in line with the changes to the legislation.

To help you make the necessary changes as of July 1, 2016, HRdownloads has created an easy three-step AODA Compliance Plan. Download it for free!

But before you dive in to making changes to your policies and procedures, it is a good idea to understand a little bit about the changes to the legislation.

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Topics: Ontario, AODA, Accessibility

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