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BILL 148 “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017”
Bill 148 – Fairness Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 received Royal Assent on November 27, 2017. Some of the provisions of the Bill were effectively immediately, others came into force and effect on January 1, 2018. Bill 148 amends several existing statutes, namely the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the Labour Relations Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
OPA has compiled a summary of amendments to the laws affected by Bill 148 most relevant to physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants. This summary is meant to assist members in understanding what these changes mean to them and their businesses. This summary does not constitute legal advice and members who require more information on the impact of these changes to their specific circumstances should consult expert advisors.
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ONTARIO HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT
A regulation under the Ontario Health and Safety Act requires that all employers in Ontario have their staff complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. OPA has prepared a resource to assist our members for whom this may apply.
For more information, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (AODA)
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was passed in 2005, to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards that apply to all organizations (public, private, and not-for-profit) with one or more employees in Ontario. Compliance requirements began rolling out in January, 2012; all organizations with one or more employees in Ontario are required by law to comply with the AODA and its accessibility standards.
To learn more about accessibility and the AODA visit the Ministry Website.
FREE TOOLS AND RESOURCES
The Accessibility Compliance Wizard helps you find out what your business must do to comply with Ontario’s accessibility law. It includes timelines for compliance and links to resources.
OPA partnered with Accessibility Ontario, a private training and consultation organization, to provide OPA members with a free 20 minute introductory webinar on complying with AODA standards. Accessibility Ontario also provides services such as templates, training and a webinar series which are available, at a cost, to businesses who wish to use them. OPA members receive a 10% discount on two online training courses (Customer Service Standard and the IASR). To obtain the discount please contact Constance Exley.
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