2. Accessible Employment Standard
The Accessibility Standard for Employment, the second of the five standards within this legislation, was enacted May 1, 2019, as the Accessible Employment Standard Regulation. By May 1, 2021, all universities and colleges established and implemented processes and procedures which align with this standard.
The core aspects of this standard include:
- Collecting Workplace Emergency Response Information in order to create and implement Emergency Response Plans for those with accessibility concerns;
- Reducing barriers within the recruitment process [from vacancy posting to offer of employment, providing employment policies for all staff] by making each phase accessible;
- Educating and training of employees with respect to accessibility in employment [Duty to Accommodate, Return to Work plans, Accessibility and Career Development].
Brandon University has implemented an Emergency Response Planning process for faculty, staff and students who require assistance during an emergency.
Due to the pandemic, full roll-out of this standard was not implemented until early 2022. Brandon University has implemented the remaining core aspects of Accessibility Standard for Employment.
We continue to focus on reducing barriers to the recruitment process and will be offering information sessions on a variety of the accessible employment topics identified in the legislation.
As we move forward, training will be offered in the areas of Pre-Employment Practices, Employment Practices, along with helping faculty and staff understand the importance of completing an Emergency Response Plan for their own personal situations.