At Work 103 (Winter 2021)

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All At Work articles about research findings can now be found in the Publications & Resources, on the Plain-language summaries page. At Work articles about events, initiatives, appointments and awards can be found in the News & Events section, on the What’s New page.

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Union firms have lower lost-time claim rates, study in ICI construction confirms

Five years ago, an IWH study found lower lost-time injury claim rates in unionized firms in Ontario's industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector. A new study uses more recent data to see if it can replicate the observed "union safety effect."
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What research can do: Workplace COVID outbreaks reported by Ontario public health account for one in 20 cases in working-age adults

In the second wave of the pandemic so far, outbreaks in essential service workplaces (excluding health-care, congregate living and educational settings) have contributed just over five per cent of all cases among working-age adults in Ontario.
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People’s reasons for disclosing episodic disabilities linked to support they receive

Should people with an episodic disability disclose their condition at work? It's a complex decision. This new study looks at people's reasons for disclosing (or not) and explores whether they are linked to outcomes.
A woman in a wheelchair works from her home office

Impact of COVID, and signs of progress, in the spotlight at disabilities and work conference

At the 2020 Disability and Work in Canada, the outsized impact of the pandemic on work outcomes for persons with disabilities was a dominant theme. But hopeful notes were also sounded.
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Precarity more likely for older, new workers with disabilities

An IWH study finds the risks of working in precarious jobs are the same for people with and without disabilities. But among people with disabilities, precarity is more likely when people are older or have less job tenure.
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At-work cannabis use linked to work factors, including some not expected: IWH study

What factors differentiate people who use cannabis at work from those who don't? An IWH study finds they all relate to people's job characteristics and environments, including some that are surprising.
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IWH Updates - Winter 2021

IWH scientist wins career award ~ IWH scientist recognized by national pain body ~ Institute welcomes new board member ~ New resource now available to help prevent MSIs