In a recent arbitration between The Town of Ajax and Ajax Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, Local 1092, the grievor, Natalie Badame, a suppression firefighter, claimed the town violated the collective agreement, and the Human Rights Code, by failing to assign her altered duties on her agreed 24 hour shift as part of an accommodation for…

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In a recent article titled “Implementing an evidence-based approach to wellbeing”, the author, Nick Pahl, points to a recent event run by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the British Psychological Society, which examined how we can work together to better understand “wellbeing” and how we might…

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The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced, among other things, that it will begin focusing on Musculoskeletal hazards in the workplace as part of it’s Provincial health and safety initiatives program in 2019-2020.

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In a recent article titled "Occupational Therapy Interventions in Mental Health: A Literature Review in Search of Evidence" by Bonnie Kirsh, Lori Martin, Jenny Hulqvist, and Mona Eklund, the authors examined Fifty peer-reviewed OT intervention studies, targeting adults with mental health concerns, and their outcomes.

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In the case of Joseph v. Tecumseh Community Development Corporation (2019 HRTO 635), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) ruled in favour of the employer once it became clear the employee failed to participate in the accommodation process.

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The Canadian government introduced a new Bill (Bill C-81) on Accessibility mid last year to better protect individuals with disabilities, and the “Accessible Canada Act” has officially received royal assent. The Accessible Canada Act will become law on a date set by the government.

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), with support from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, has developed a statistical report on mental health and addiction disabilities in Ontario.

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A recent decision by the Divisional Court in “Katz Group Ltd. V. Clarke” 2019 ONSC 188 [“Katz”], reinforces the notion that, just as employers have a duty to accommodate, an employee also has a duty to participate in the accommodation process.

Read more

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is considered an official medical diagnosis. Burnout is something we’ve all experienced at some point in our career, especially as our responsibilities at work shift and potentially grow, but for some of us, burnout can feel like a never-ending struggle.

Read more

Harassment in the workplace is a massive problem in Canada, and a recent study by Statistics Canada confirms - something needs to be done about this, yesterday. Harassment, as it is referred to in this study, includes verbal, and in some cases physical abuse, threats and violence, and sexual harassment.

Read more

Mental Health in the workplace is a topic that is becoming more widely discussed, and key insights have been uncovered in important studies on psycho-social conditions and mental health in the workplace.

Read more

Stress and anxiety in the workplace is an immensely important issue that affects us all - one way or another. Whether you’re struggling with it personally, or you know of a colleague who is feeling particularly stressed, depressed, or anxious, it’s your responsibility to remain self-aware, be honest with yourself, and take action.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration reinforces the fact that there can be key differences between addiction, and plain bad judgement.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration between The Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Sunnyside Home) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association reinforces the duty of employers to inquire, and consider accommodation solutions, even in cases of misconduct.

Read more

Human rights law plays an increasingly important role in the Canadian workplace, and the scope of the duty of employers to accommodate their employees is not always easy to define.

Read more

Safety doesn’t go up in smoke in latest cannabis legal decision Medical Cannabis and safety sensitive positions continue to be in the spot light for duty to accommodate decisions coming out of our legal systems. A recent decision reinforces that impairment determination is still an unknown and as such the use of medical cannabis can…

Read more

It’s Mental Health Week! Mental Health Week runs from May 6th to May 12th this year! The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) started this week 68 years ago in an effort to spread awareness and education surrounding mental health. CMHA hopes that in promoting the conversation around mental health, that all individuals will come to…

Read more

The Month of May is Speech and Hearing Month! Speech and hearing – it’s one of the main ways human beings communicate with each other! Thanks to the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Association, the month of May is dedicated to spreading awareness for the individuals who have difficulty communicating through speech and hearing due to…

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What is National Day of Mourning? National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. The Day of Mourning is also intended to recognize the families of these workers and the ways…

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Exposure Therapy – What is it? Exposure therapy is a form of treatment to help those with various mental health concerns, typically revolving around fear, trauma and avoidance. It is frequently used to help treat individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social and generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), as…

Read more

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day – What is it? International Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day is a day of the year dedicated to spreading awareness and education regarding individuals who are living with Functional Neurological Disorder. The FND Hope organization created this promotional health day and dedicated April 13th to be FND Awareness…

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World Health Day 2019 – The Fight for Universal Health Coverage This year on April 7th, 2019, we celebrate the 71st annual World Health Day! World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) with a goal of promoting the need for and achieving universal health care. The campaign aims to educate people…

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What is Stress Management? Stress management is an ongoing process that the body and mind engage in throughout the day. It helps individuals control their level of stress to maintain emotional and physical health. For most instances, the body and mind naturally manage stress. For example, if something startles you and you become physiologically aroused,…

Read more

Save Your Vision Month Every year, March is dedicated to being known as “Save Your Vision” month, in honour of spreading awareness and education about healthy eyes. Sponsored by the American Optometric Association, this month-long campaign aims to motivate every individual to practice good eye care, and get regular eye exams to ensure their eyes…

Read more

Brain Awareness Week: What is it? Brain Awareness Week occurs annually in mid-March to promote the progress and benefits of brain research to the world! This awareness week was founded in 1996 by The Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, with a goal of developing a better understanding…

Read more

International Women’s Day is March 8th, 2019! International Women’s Day is occurring on Friday, March 8th, and will be promoted through its theme: #BalanceforBetter! We are trying to balance out the equality between genders for a better world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8th since 1911! This day is not about…

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Employee Appreciation Day Employee Appreciation Day is an international, unofficial holiday that occurs on the first Friday of March every year. This day was created to remind employers and companies to thank their employees for the hard work they do all year round. Ideally, doing this will strengthen the bond between employers and employees. If…

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Pink Shirt Day – What is it? Pink Shirt Day was created in 2007 in Nova Scotia, when a high school student was bullied for being a boy wearing a pink shirt. Two schoolmates, David Shepherd and Travis Price, came up with an idea to protest the act of bullying. The 17-year-old boys bought 50…

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Sick Employees and the Workplace Every day, employees call in sick to work. It can be due to a physical illness, mental illness or just needing a day off for personal reasons. Employee absence is an ongoing phenomenon in workplaces everywhere. As an employer, it’s important to know policies and procedures for when employees get…

Read more

Why Try Volunteering? There are many different forms of volunteering: working for free, fundraising money, offering your time to assist others, and many more. Often when people think about volunteering, they think about the way volunteering helps the person or organization they are volunteering for. While this is evident, research shows that people who volunteer…

Read more

In a recent arbitration between The Town of Ajax and Ajax Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, Local 1092, the grievor, Natalie Badame, a suppression firefighter, claimed the town violated the collective agreement, and the Human Rights Code, by failing to assign her altered duties on her agreed 24 hour shift as part of an accommodation for…

Read more

In a recent article titled “Implementing an evidence-based approach to wellbeing”, the author, Nick Pahl, points to a recent event run by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the British Psychological Society, which examined how we can work together to better understand “wellbeing” and how we might…

Read more

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced, among other things, that it will begin focusing on Musculoskeletal hazards in the workplace as part of it’s Provincial health and safety initiatives program in 2019-2020.

Read more

In a recent article titled "Occupational Therapy Interventions in Mental Health: A Literature Review in Search of Evidence" by Bonnie Kirsh, Lori Martin, Jenny Hulqvist, and Mona Eklund, the authors examined Fifty peer-reviewed OT intervention studies, targeting adults with mental health concerns, and their outcomes.

Read more

In the case of Joseph v. Tecumseh Community Development Corporation (2019 HRTO 635), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) ruled in favour of the employer once it became clear the employee failed to participate in the accommodation process.

Read more

The Canadian government introduced a new Bill (Bill C-81) on Accessibility mid last year to better protect individuals with disabilities, and the “Accessible Canada Act” has officially received royal assent. The Accessible Canada Act will become law on a date set by the government.

Read more

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), with support from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, has developed a statistical report on mental health and addiction disabilities in Ontario.

Read more

A recent decision by the Divisional Court in “Katz Group Ltd. V. Clarke” 2019 ONSC 188 [“Katz”], reinforces the notion that, just as employers have a duty to accommodate, an employee also has a duty to participate in the accommodation process.

Read more

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is considered an official medical diagnosis. Burnout is something we’ve all experienced at some point in our career, especially as our responsibilities at work shift and potentially grow, but for some of us, burnout can feel like a never-ending struggle.

Read more

Harassment in the workplace is a massive problem in Canada, and a recent study by Statistics Canada confirms - something needs to be done about this, yesterday. Harassment, as it is referred to in this study, includes verbal, and in some cases physical abuse, threats and violence, and sexual harassment.

Read more

Mental Health in the workplace is a topic that is becoming more widely discussed, and key insights have been uncovered in important studies on psycho-social conditions and mental health in the workplace.

Read more

Stress and anxiety in the workplace is an immensely important issue that affects us all - one way or another. Whether you’re struggling with it personally, or you know of a colleague who is feeling particularly stressed, depressed, or anxious, it’s your responsibility to remain self-aware, be honest with yourself, and take action.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration reinforces the fact that there can be key differences between addiction, and plain bad judgement.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration between The Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Sunnyside Home) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association reinforces the duty of employers to inquire, and consider accommodation solutions, even in cases of misconduct.

Read more

Human rights law plays an increasingly important role in the Canadian workplace, and the scope of the duty of employers to accommodate their employees is not always easy to define.

Read more

Safety doesn’t go up in smoke in latest cannabis legal decision Medical Cannabis and safety sensitive positions continue to be in the spot light for duty to accommodate decisions coming out of our legal systems. A recent decision reinforces that impairment determination is still an unknown and as such the use of medical cannabis can…

Read more

mental health week
It’s Mental Health Week! Mental Health Week runs from May 6th to May 12th this year! The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) started this week 68 years ago in an effort to spread awareness and education surrounding mental health. CMHA hopes that in promoting the conversation around mental health, that all individuals will come to…

Read more

The Month of May is Speech and Hearing Month! Speech and hearing – it’s one of the main ways human beings communicate with each other! Thanks to the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Association, the month of May is dedicated to spreading awareness for the individuals who have difficulty communicating through speech and hearing due to…

Read more

day of mourning
What is National Day of Mourning? National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. The Day of Mourning is also intended to recognize the families of these workers and the ways…

Read more

exposure therapy
Exposure Therapy – What is it? Exposure therapy is a form of treatment to help those with various mental health concerns, typically revolving around fear, trauma and avoidance. It is frequently used to help treat individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social and generalized anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), as…

Read more

functional neurological disorder
Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day – What is it? International Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day is a day of the year dedicated to spreading awareness and education regarding individuals who are living with Functional Neurological Disorder. The FND Hope organization created this promotional health day and dedicated April 13th to be FND Awareness…

Read more

world health day
World Health Day 2019 – The Fight for Universal Health Coverage This year on April 7th, 2019, we celebrate the 71st annual World Health Day! World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) with a goal of promoting the need for and achieving universal health care. The campaign aims to educate people…

Read more

stress management
What is Stress Management? Stress management is an ongoing process that the body and mind engage in throughout the day. It helps individuals control their level of stress to maintain emotional and physical health. For most instances, the body and mind naturally manage stress. For example, if something startles you and you become physiologically aroused,…

Read more

vision
Save Your Vision Month Every year, March is dedicated to being known as “Save Your Vision” month, in honour of spreading awareness and education about healthy eyes. Sponsored by the American Optometric Association, this month-long campaign aims to motivate every individual to practice good eye care, and get regular eye exams to ensure their eyes…

Read more

brain awareness
Brain Awareness Week: What is it? Brain Awareness Week occurs annually in mid-March to promote the progress and benefits of brain research to the world! This awareness week was founded in 1996 by The Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, with a goal of developing a better understanding…

Read more

international women's day
International Women’s Day is March 8th, 2019! International Women’s Day is occurring on Friday, March 8th, and will be promoted through its theme: #BalanceforBetter! We are trying to balance out the equality between genders for a better world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8th since 1911! This day is not about…

Read more

employee appreciation day
Employee Appreciation Day Employee Appreciation Day is an international, unofficial holiday that occurs on the first Friday of March every year. This day was created to remind employers and companies to thank their employees for the hard work they do all year round. Ideally, doing this will strengthen the bond between employers and employees. If…

Read more

pink shirt day
Pink Shirt Day – What is it? Pink Shirt Day was created in 2007 in Nova Scotia, when a high school student was bullied for being a boy wearing a pink shirt. Two schoolmates, David Shepherd and Travis Price, came up with an idea to protest the act of bullying. The 17-year-old boys bought 50…

Read more

employees get sick
Sick Employees and the Workplace Every day, employees call in sick to work. It can be due to a physical illness, mental illness or just needing a day off for personal reasons. Employee absence is an ongoing phenomenon in workplaces everywhere. As an employer, it’s important to know policies and procedures for when employees get…

Read more

volunteering
Why Try Volunteering? There are many different forms of volunteering: working for free, fundraising money, offering your time to assist others, and many more. Often when people think about volunteering, they think about the way volunteering helps the person or organization they are volunteering for. While this is evident, research shows that people who volunteer…

Read more