Human Resources Legislative Update

On May 7, 2021, the Health Care Standards Development Committee (Committee) published initial recommendations for the development of health care accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The 22 recommendations provide guidance on how to integrate accessibility in health care planning and how to identify, remove and prevent recurring barriers….

Federal Post

On February 13, 2021, the federal government issued a notice regarding the proposed Accessible Canada Regulations (Proposed Regulations), which establish a proposed framework to promote compliance with accessibility requirements under the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). The Proposed Regulations would apply to entities under federal jurisdiction. In this Federal Post, we provide an overview of the…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Federal Accessibility Legislation Now Passed

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On June 21, 2019, Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act (Act) passed as amended by the Senate and received Royal Assent. The provisions of this Act come into force on a day to fixed by order of the Governor in Council. As we previously reported, the Act is accessibility legislation which impacts certain federally regulated…

Human Resources Legislative Update

Federal Accessibility Legislation Tabled

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On June 20, 2018, the federal government introduced Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada (Bill), accessibility legislation which will apply to certain federally regulated employers. In its preamble, the Bill states that barriers to accessibility can prevent full and equal participation in society by Canadians with disabilities. If passed and among other things,…

Minimum Standards Monitor

Recent Minimum Standards Cases of Note

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In this Minimum Standards Monitor, we discuss two recent cases of interest to employers. In the first, an arbitrator found that an employee returning from maternity/parental leave was not entitled to the exact same work conditions which she left, even though the original job still existed. A comparable replacement position was sufficient…