Dr. Benjamin Amick became Scientific Director of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in January 2007, but he is no newcomer to IWH. He has collaborated with Institute scientists on a number of projects and has held appointments as adjunct or part-time scientist since 1997.
Immigrant and migrant workers face different issues than Canadian-born employees, such as language barriers and lack of knowledge about their rights. As the immigrant population increases, this is becoming a growing area of research and policy attention.
In both Ontario and British Columbia, work injury rates dropped between 1990 and 2001. However, B.C. generally showed less of a decrease. By comparing rates among provinces, we can see who is performing better and start to explore why rates differ.
While flexible work arrangements are often seen in a positive light, there is a flipside. In this qualitative study in the high- tech sector, workers were always expected to be available to meet deadlines, and work came first over family.
When workers need time off from their jobs because of a work-related injury, their recovery and return to work can be a complex process. The seven principles of successful return to work (RTW) were developed to provide some guidance on how to approach this process.