Although legalization of cannabis in Canada is expected to go ahead this spring, employer education remains a missing but necessary part of the legalization equation. Employers must adapt to legalization in a way that respects workers’ rights while maintaining a safe, healthy working environment.
International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women while making strides toward equality. This IWD, we acknowledge that gender equality in the workplace is still not a reality. It’s a sad truth that women continue to face barriers to accessing equal opportunities in the working world across a wide swath of professions. This is especially true in male-dominated fields like construction, resource extraction, carpentry, and other skilled trades.
Our working population is getting older. Since 2001, the proportion of workers over the age of 55 has spiked, and seems to still be on the rise. According to some projections, by 2021 nearly one-quarter of the working population may be 55 or older (compared to 10% in 2001 and 17% in 2009). Like any demographic trend, the aging workforce will be accompanied by a range of challenges and benefits. Here’s how you can manage both effectively.
During the month of February, you may see friends, co-workers and fellow Canadians wearing red to promote Heart Health Month. This 28-day long month will help bring awareness to a disease that is the second leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 17.3 million deaths worldwide every year. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy lifestyle choices and manage their medical conditions properly.
SureHire now offers lead health monitoring, a medical surveillance program designed to protect the health of workers who may be exposed to lead. You may already be aware of lead’s toxicity and the harmful effect it can have on people who ingest or inhale it. Implementing a lead health program can help protect your workforce from the harmful effects of exposure.
Hepatitis is known as a “silent disease” because symptoms may not appear until considerable damage to the liver has been done. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to lessen damage to the liver and can prevent you from spreading the virus to others unknowingly. Prevention of hepatitis is the key and, fortunately, there are many steps Canadians can take to protect themselves.
A new year always brings a fresh perspective and the opportunity to revisit, reset, and re-evaluate. For some employers, the New Year might mean revisiting out-of-date policies that have been collecting dust on the shelf. If you are revitalizing some old policies this year, you should make sure your drug and alcohol policy makes the list: 2017 will be a busy year for changes in drug-related technologies and legislation, and it’s essential to make sure your policy reflects the most up-to-date changes.
On December 31, a pilot was arrested in Calgary after he was discovered unconscious in the cockpit of an aircraft that was just minutes from its scheduled takeoff. Many are wondering: how did this irresponsible pilot come so close to flying?
The government of Canada has announced that it will be introducing a comprehensive ban on the use, production, and export of asbestos, the cancer-causing mineral that until recently was a commonly used building material. The substance has already been banned in around 50 countries worldwide, prompting Health Minister Jane Philpott to admit that the move toward a comprehensive asbestos ban is “long overdue.”
The Toronto Transit Commission announced early this month that it will go ahead with plans to randomly test employees for drug and alcohol use. The random testing program was originally proposed back in 2011 when, after a tragic bus accident killed one person and injured 13 others in Toronto, the driver of the bus refused a post-incident drug test and was found to have marijuana in his possession at the time of the accident.