July 23, 2014
Employers who still have less than fond memories of trying to comply with the requirements of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 relating to Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standards are now facing a new challenge: complying with additional AODA requirements that come into force on Jan. 1, 2015.
As pointed out by Will Hockin in Stikeman Elliott’s Canadian Employment and Pension Law, the new requirements relate to training, accessibility to feedback mechanisms, and establishment of accessibility policies.
Exactly when particular requirements come into force (in some cases they already have) depends on whether an organization has more or less than 50 employees.
For example, organizations with less than 50 employees are not subject to the training obligations until Jan. 1, 2016. By way of contrast, organizations with more than 50 employees have been required to have accessibility policies in place as of January 1, 2014.