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The top 10 employment law stories of 2014

Here is a list of 10 cases that changed the employment law landscape in 2014.

 

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A critical look at the proposed revisions to the accessible customer service standard

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act should be viewed as a living document. To illustrate this point, so far there have been two independent reviews of the AODA, the first completed by…

 

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Human Rights principles and accessibility

This is a great post on this International Human Rights Day. The principles that guide accessibility can be found in a few human rights mechanisms that structure the responsibility to make adjustments of law and policy to allow for equal participation of persons with disabilities.

 

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Introducing our newest guest blogger Christopher Lytle

We are very pleased to announce that Christopher Lytle from Christopher Lytle Consulting (CLC) will be blogging on First Reference Talks on the topics of disability and human rights issues.

 

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AODA 2014–2015 deadlines…and things to work on for 2016

As you may be aware, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act contains several obligations that apply at different points in time, depending on whether the organization is a small organization (under 50 employees) or a large organization (50 employees or more), in order to achieve the goal of creating an accessible Ontario. A number of additional requirements take effect January 1, 2015, they include,..

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with AODA January 1, 2015 compliance deadline; consequences of competing with employer on the side; and, obligation to protect employee from third party harassment.

 

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The summer of our youth: Hiring students for the summer may be a good business strategy

Now that the summer is finally here, many of you may find your workplace peppered with summer student or recent grad employees. In fact, hiring students for the summer may be a good business strategy not only to fill human resources gaps created by employee vacations, but also to invest in a potential future workforce and to take advantage of government subsidies which may be available to help to fund student positions.

 

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Ontario Employment Law Conference wrap-up: We learned the latest!

Last Tuesday, over 100 businesses from across Ontario joined us and the employment law team from Stringer LLP to discuss pressing employment issues like avoiding occupational health and safety penalties, accommodating employees’ family status, getting ready for the new Employment Standard, using employment contracts to protect your business, and the perils of employee benefits.

 

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What is the next step in AODA compliance? The Employment Standard

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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 life-cycle.

 

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Let’s review: AODA public feedback now open

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) aims to make the province of Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. Since the AODA became law in 2005, Ontario has established accessibility standards for customer service, information and communications, employment, transportation, and the built environment: design of public spaces. There are currently two separate reviews of Ontario’s accessibility laws underway:

 

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Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three of the most popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with unpaid wages, a reprisal claim following an employee’s harassment complaint; and proposed AODA customer service changes.

 

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Small employers are not complying with Ontario’s new accessibility and employment laws

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According to an AODA Alliance news release and a Nov. 18, 2013, Toronto Star article, the Ontario government fully knows that 70 percent of Ontario private sector organizations with at least 20 employees have not complied with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) reporting requirements. Reports were due December 31, 2012. This is not surprising because in my experience, most small businesses are simply not aware of the law.

 

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AODA compliance deadlines for January 2014 are quickly approaching

Most employers are aware of their obligations under the Customer Service Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”). However, many employers are not aware of the upcoming requirements under the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standard.

 

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