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January 7, 2016

Companies should not ignore their accessibility obligations


Woman Climbing StairsMany employers have new obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act starting this month.

The Ontario government is phasing in regulations to remove barriers for people with disabilities. For many small businesses, there are new accessibility requirements which came into force on January 1, 2016 or will come into force on January 1, 2017. These new obligations mandate companies to train staff, to provide communications in an accessible format, and to change the way they recruit and hire. These requirements are mandatory, and fines can range from $500-100,000 for corporations which fail to comply.

Millard & Company can help employers meet their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We have many years of experience helping clients comply with administrative requirements like those found in the AODA. We help employers every day to comply with the AODA and other legislation which impacts workplaces, including the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act.

Photo of woman climbing stairs by Dennis Skley, used under cc licence

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