Title: Collective agreements and accommodation of disability (IWH Project 2185)
Category: Compensation, Disability Management and Return to Work
Subcategory: Compensation, Disability Management and Return to Work
Collective agreements between employers and employees define the terms and conditions of employment arrangements and working conditions in workplaces. One core principle within these agreements is the protection of the rights of individual workers. In the administration of collective agreements, there can be a tension in the balancing of the rights of a disabled worker to accommodation with the rights of other workers, such as seniority in the determination of job appointments.
The objectives of this project are to describe the contemporary standard in Ontario for balancing a disabled worker’s right to accommodation with other important worker rights protections under collective agreements and to describe the standards of practice concerning the balancing of rights in a highly unionized sector in the Ontario economy.
In this project, we will invite the contributions of the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Long-Term Care Association, the Ontario Nurses’ Association, Service International Employees Union and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. The results of this work are expected to identify characteristics of the optimal administration of collective agreements in the Ontario health care system concerning the accommodation of disabled workers. These findings will be of interest to representatives of public sector unions and health care system managers.
Cam Mustard (Institute for Work & Health)
Year Funded: 2011
Funding Agency: Institute for Work & Health (IWH), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
Link to research website: www.iwh.on.ca
Keywords: return-to-work, work disability