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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with scheduling work on Sundays; AODA employment standard; and unincorporated self-employment.

 

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A closer look at the accessibility standard for employment under the AODA

Now that the Integrated Accessibility Regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is now law and will come into force on July 1, 2011, let’s take a closer look at the accessibility standard for employment.

 

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Slaw: AODA era part IV: Employment standard

The employment standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is found under part III in the Proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (PIAR), which is slated to become law around July 2011 (not confirmed). This standard requires an organization that is an employer to engage in the proactive identification, removal and prevention of barriers hindering the full participation in employment of persons with disabilities. It also requires…

 

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Slaw: AODA era part III: Information and communication standard

There are specific requirements for each of the Proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (PIAR) standards. This post will focus on the specific requirements under the AODA Information and Communication Standard.

 

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Slaw: AODA era part II: What’s up next? The proposed integrated accessibility regulation

The Information and Communication, Employment and Transportation Standards have all been combined in the Proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (PIAR). This proposed regulation is currently under public review till March 18, 2011. Proposed compliance timelines are included. I was told by a source close to the ministry that the final version of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation will…

 

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Textual harassment: A new liability concern?

With this whole text-messaging explosion, a new epidemic called “textual harassment” has emerged. I recently read a couple of articles dealing with this new liability concern for employers: textual-sexual harassment. Of course this warning comes from the United States—according to a recent US Justice Department report to Congress, 23 percent of stalking or harassment is happening via text messages. The problem has become so large in the US that 46 states have anti-stalking laws that refer to electronic forms of communication. However… since US lawsuits that involve texting and harassing behaviours are increasing, Canadian employers should beware!

 

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Decriminalizing the oldest profession in the world

We were reading some very interesting articles in the media regarding the constitutional challenge to prostitution laws by sex-trade workers. These articles are saying that the law makes no sense. Alan Young, the Osgoode Hall law professor representing the women, notes that the law permits prostitution itself, but prohibits “all incidental transactions involved in prostitution”. Consequently, they want the Court to strike down all the Criminal Code sections pertaining to solicitation, to effectively decriminalize prostitution—as a result, making the sex trade a viable profession in it’s own right.

 

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