Health and Safety

Plan ahead to ensure everyone understands their responsibilities

By Angelo Carofano, MBA, CPA, CMA

The conversation surrounding the likely legalization of marijuana by July 2018 opens the door to a broader conversation surrounding drugs and alcohol for employers.

Pharmacogenetics – the future of drug benefit plans

By Liz Bernier

Imagine a doctor’s visit where you need a new prescription. It’s for depression. You receive a prescription with a number of caveats about side effects – take it before bed if it makes you feel too drowsy to wake up in the morning. Take it with food if it makes you too nauseous to concentrate. Come back in six weeks to touch base about how it’s working; call if you have any pressing concerns.

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce – and here’s how you can help

By Dr. James Aw

We know that wellness programs save companies money. Research has shown that companies that take their employees’ health seriously outperform the S&P 500 by a whopping three to one.

Risks and responses for employers in the era of legalized cannabis use

By Michael F. Horvat

On Sept. 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province to announce its plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana once it becomes legalized. The federal government’s timeline is to allow the sale and use of “recreational” marijuana by July 1, 2018, but each province can regulate distribution and limit availability. Ontario’s plan is to have government-run stores selling marijuana based on the province’s liquor distribution model,

Improving the health of your workplace results in increased productivity

By Dr. Emily Lipinski, ND and Dr. Andreia Horta, ND

According to a report from the senate committee on social affairs, science and technology, in the past three to four decades, there has been a drastic increase in the proportion of overweight and obese Canadians. Nearly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are obese or overweight.

Eight bad habits that should be banned from the workplace forever

By Leigh Stringer

Over the years, we have developed workstyles that are not good for our physical, mental or emotional health. It’s not that we’re bad people, or that we aren’t working hard. The problem is that we are so focused on work and on getting things done that we’ve changed the way we eat, move and sleep in a way that is actually counter-productive. What our minds and bodies need at a basic level is in conflict with our work style.