The AODA Employment Standard deadlines are not as far away as
they may seem. The Employment Standard is one of five accessibility
standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with
Disabilities Act, 2005. It outlines accessibility
requirements employers must meet throughout the employment
Since January 1, 2012, all employers in Ontario have had to
prepare individualized workplace emergency response information for
employees with disabilities. Large public sector employers have had
to be compliant with the remaining requirements under the
Employment Standard since January 1st of this year.
All private sector employers and small public sector employers
have upcoming obligations. The next phase of Employment Standard
compliance may require significant reform to policies and
procedures. It is advisable that employers plan ahead. The
deadlines for compliance are as follows:
Small public sector (fewer than 50 employees): January 1,
Large private sector (50 employees or more): January 1, 2016
Small private sector (fewer than 50 employees): January 1,
The AODA Employment Standard includes requirements at every
stage of the employment relationship including recruitment, return
to work, performance management, career development and
Please have a look at our AODA resource page.
One area where the Employment Standard outlines more
comprehensive requirements is with respect to documented individual
accommodation plans. Employers are required to create a process for
the development of individualized accommodation plans for employees
with disabilities. The process must address a variety of issues
including the manner in which the employee may participate in the
development of the individualized accommodation plan, when an
employer may request an independent medical examination, and steps
that will be taken to protect the employee's privacy. Small
private sector employers are exempt from this requirement. However,
it is a best practice to comply, as having a formal procedure in
place will be an asset for employers when accommodation needs arise
in the workplace.
What the AODA, Employment Standard requires of organizations in
The overlap between the new requirements and existing human
rights and workers' compensation obligations, and how to
successfully integrate them
Strategies for implementing and enforcing your new policies,
practices and procedures.
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