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AODA update and compliance in the digital space

Accessibility on the web isn’t something that necessarily comes to mind when we think about providing accessible services, but as our lives migrate more and more into the virtual space, making digital content accessible is a crucial part of building an inclusive society. The AODA drafters did not overlook this, and AODA does apply to digital content.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: legislative amendments that expanded the access to Employment Insurance benefits; a case where a former employee was awarded six months’ compensation in lieu of notice after she had declined a severance package offered to her by the employer; further recent updates regarding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

 

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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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AODA: Protect your organization through documentation

The Accessibility Standards for Customer Service require employers with 20 or more employees to document policies. The Integrated Accessibility Standards require employers to document policies and multi-year accessibility plans if they have 50 or more employees. So smaller organizations might breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they don’t have to document and keep track of their accessibility policies and plans under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

 

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Accessible electronic information and communications: small steps with a big outcome

There are some simple ways all of us can alter our daily habits so that people with a variety of disabilities who depend on a screen reader can understand your information. What is a screen reader? A screen reader reads aloud electronic communications.

 

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Proposed integrated accessibility standards under the AODA

On September 2, 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services published the proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) for public consultation by interested stakeholders. The IAR combines the information and communications, employment and transportation standards into a single, integrated regulation. The proposed compliance timelines are also listed.

 

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