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Jackie VanDerMeulen

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Jackie VanDerMeulen focuses her practice on labour and employment law. She helps employers remain proactive in creating workplace policies that are responsive to employer and worker needs. Jackie regularly advises employers on labour / employment strategy and compliance, responding to applications for certification, human rights, grievance arbitration, labour board matters, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and labour / employment issues that arise during corporate transactions / restructuring.

Attention Shoppers: Employment Standards Audits Target the Retail Sector

The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced a push to conduct audits of retailers, including grocery stores, gas stations, and shopping malls, between October and December 2013 for compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). In particular, the audits will focus on compliance with: Public Holiday Pay Overtime Pay Hours of Work Vacation Pay…

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New Amendments to the AODA released in draft form; First glimpse at the Built Environment Standard

The Ontario government has released draft amendments to the Integrated Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  The public is invited to provide its comments on the draft amendments by October 1, 2012. The draft amendments include relatively straightforward revisions / clarifications to the existing standards and, more importantly, offer a…

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AODA Reporting Tool: Now Available!

Ontario employers can now visit ServiceOntario to report their compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  Reporting is mandatory to all employers with more than 20 employees in Ontario (excluding volunteers and independent contractors). For more information on the requirements of the AODA, see our blog posts on the Customer Service Standard and the Integrated Accessibility Standards. Remember:…

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Reminder: The Deadline for Compliance with the Customer Service Standard is January 1, 2012

The deadline for Ontario’s private sector to comply with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service (under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) is just around the corner.  Is your organization compliant? If your organization has more than 20 employees, there are essentially four steps to comply with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service by the…

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