We are wondering if we are legally allowed to have an English only (spoken) in the workplace policy. Mostly for inclusion and safety reasons. We have had issues in the past when people think they are being spoken about in another language. Also if there is a safety or other concern all people should know about it and hear about it.
Here’s Alan’s reply to your follow-up:
I stand somewhat corrected.
The client is right that on its web site, the WSIB shows SaaS and related activities as non-mandatory under the Ontario act.
However, that seems to vary from the actual legislation, which I was referring to.
Under the regulations, in Schedule 1, Class J, there are a variety of industries which are listed as mandatory, including:
Web search portals.
Data hosting and processing services.
One consideration is that if the employer is in an excluded industry, they are not covered by the prohibition on law suits for damages an employee might suffer while at work or related to work.
If they do not register with WSIB, there is no obligation to provide either long or short term disability coverage. Its not either or.
The WSIB web site has instructions on registering: https://www.wsib.ca/en/businesses/registration-and-coverage/register-us.