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In this Issue
*AODA New Years Resolutions Already A Total Failure
*Province Moves to Make Buildings More Accessible for Disabled
*Toronto Employment Lawyer, Doug MacLeod, comments on Ontarios Top Ten Employment Law Stories in 2014
*Civil Rights Advocates Challenge Metro-Norths Failure to Provide Wheelchair Access to the Upgraded Port Chester Station
*EEOC Settles Disability Discrimination Suit with Sony
*The Clock Is Ticking On AODA Compliance
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AODA New Years Resolutions Already A Total Failure
By Victor Schwartzman
As I write this, it is two days into 2015. Already the New Year is a major disappointment. Two out of three of my New Years Resolutions have yet to come true, and likely never will. But I should not be cynical. Yes, 2015 is the future, and the future is now here and it is disappointing. But I live on hope. I have high hopes for 2016.
Province Moves to Make Buildings More Accessible for Disabled
The government has a long history of having the building codes accessibility provisions lag far behind the needs of people with disabilities, Lepofsky said.
Lepofsky added the government also has to do a far better job in educating builders about how to comply with the new standards.
Toronto Employment Lawyer, Doug MacLeod, comments on Ontarios Top Ten Employment Law Stories in 2014
The year started with a requirement that organizations with 50 or more employees establish and post a multi-year accessibility plan under the The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This is a little known law within the employer community and the government will need to devote considerable resources to public education to ensure compliance says MacLeod.
Civil Rights Advocates Challenge Metro-Norths Failure to Provide Wheelchair Access to the Upgraded Port Chester Station
Editors Note: Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, Metro-North ignored the requirements of the ADA. As a result, the northbound platform remains inaccessible to wheelchair users and thousands of residents and visitors in the region do not have access to station and its amenities. Northbound wheelchair users must avoid the station altogether or take the train out of their way to the next stop and wait for a southbound train, just to be able to stop at Port Chester.
EEOC Settles Disability Discrimination Suit with Sony
Sony to Pay $85,000 under Decree Resolving EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit
Electronics Giant Allegedly Engineered Firing of Employee Because of Her Prosthetic Leg
The Clock Is Ticking On AODA Compliance
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