Over the last few years, the federal government has made a number of changes to employment laws that are aimed at enhancing the rights of employees at federally-regulated workplaces. These include laws governing everything from workplace harassment to pay equity to accessibility. And the government is not done yet – even more changes are on the horizon!
So, if you are a federal employer (e.g., bank, airline, shipping, interprovincial trucking), there are numerous new requirements that you should be addressing now or preparing for in the future.
Personal liability of directors under employment legislation is a real risk. Directors and officers can be personally liable for compliance in some cases – including being personally liable to pay amounts owing to employees, being charged for offences related to non-compliance and being subject to penalties and fines, or even imprisonment. This liability can be significant – if you are a director of a corporation (whether its for-profit or non-profit), you need to understand your potential liability.
The pandemic has exacerbated many barriers for persons with disabilities. And with employers focusing on COVID-19 health and safety, some may have forgotten about accessibility.
Accessible Standards Canada (ASC) published resources on accessible practices for returning to the workplace. While ASC is charged with developing accessibility standards for federally regulated workplaces, these tips may help any Canadian employer who must ensure a safe and accessible return to the workplace during the pandemic.