This policy is intended to meet the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards, Ontario Regulation 191/11 for the Employment Standard set forth under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. This policy applies to the provision of accessible employment services for persons with disabilities.
All employment services provided by Inter Pares shall follow the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity.
Accessible Formats – Include but are not limited to large print, recorded audio and electronic formats, braille and other formats usable by persons with disabilities.
Communication Supports – Include but are not limited to captioning, alternative and augmentative communication supports, plain language, sign language and other supports that facilitate effective communications.
Performance Management – Activities related to assessing and improving employee performance, productivity and effectiveness with the goal of facilitating employee success.
Redeployment – The reassignment of employees to other departments or jobs within the organization as an alternative to layoff, when a particular job or department has been eliminated by the organization.
In accordance with the Integrated Accessibility Standards, Ontario Regulation 191/11, this policy addresses the following:
A. General RequirementsB. Recruitment, Assessment and SelectionC. Accessible Formats and Communication Supports for EmployeesD. Workplace Emergency Response InformationE. Performance Management and Career Development and AdvancementF. RedeploymentG. Review
General requirements that apply across the Information and Communications and Employment standards, are outlined as follows.
Establishment of Accessibility Policies and Plans
Inter Pares will develop, implement and maintain policies, plans and practices defining how it will achieve accessibility through these requirements.
Inter Pares will provide training for its employees and volunteers regarding the IASR and the Ontario Human Rights Code as they pertain to individuals with disabilities. Training will also be provided to individuals who are responsible for developing Inter Pares’s policies, and all other persons who provide goods, services or facilities on behalf of Inter Pares.
Training will be provided as soon as is reasonably practicable, but no later than January 1, 2016. Training will be provided on an ongoing basis to new employees and as changes to Inter Pares’ accessibility policies occur.
Inter Pares will notify employees and the public about the availability of accommodation for job applicants who have disabilities. Applicants will be informed that these accommodations are available, upon request, for the interview process and for other candidate selection methods. Where an accommodation is requested, Inter Pares will consult with the applicant and provide or arrange for suitable accommodation.
Successful applicants will be made aware of Inter Pares’s policies and supports for accommodating people with disabilities.
Inter Pares will ensure that employees are aware of our policies for employees with disabilities and any changes to these policies as they occur.
If an employee with a disability requests it, Inter Pares will provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for the following:
Inter Pares will consult with the employee making the request to determine the best way to provide the accessible format or communication support.
Where required, Inter Pares will create individual workplace emergency response information for employees with disabilities. This information will take into account the unique challenges created by the individual’s disability and the physical nature of the workplace, and will be created in consultation with the employee.
This information will be reviewed when:• The employee moves to a different physical location in the organization;• The employee’s overall accommodation needs or plans are reviewed; and/or• Inter Pares reviews general emergency response policies.
Inter Pares will consider the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities when implementing performance management processes, or when offering career development or advancement opportunities.
The accessibility needs of employees with disabilities will be taken into account in the event of redeployment.
This policy will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it is reflective of Inter Pares’ current practices as well as legislative requirements.