Effective reintegration of disabled employees minimizes the loss of expertise, resources and productive potential, and is the best strategy for maintaining the employee's potential and self-worth. The University's principal goal, therefore, is to provide meaningful, productive, sustainable employment, subject to certain overriding considerations, including:
- the paramount concern for the safety and wellbeing of the employee, and coworkers;
- the unique rights and responsibilities as set out under the Human Rights Code;
- any relevant collective agreement provisions;
- the University’s right to manage their facilities and human resources as required to support their Mission and operational requirements.
Through a collaborative joint union/management approach to disability management, efforts are focused on minimizing the impact of illness and injury. To that end, the University, unions and employees all bear responsibility for ensuring the success of accommodation in the workplace.
The primary objective is to minimize the human, economic, and social cost of disability to the employee, University, and society. The fundamental principle is simple:
The sooner an injured/ill person recovers and returns to work, the more it will benefit the individual, the employer, and society at large.
In accordance with this fundamental principle, the University achieves effective disability management by:
- Assisting employees in maintaining their dignity and self-respect when adversely affected by injury or illness.
- Attending to the wellbeing of affected employees and by doing so reducing the stressors associated with disability.
- Coordinating early intervention activities to promote early and safe reintegration of disabled employees to the workplace, thereby minimizing the economic and emotional impact on the individual.
- Promoting good communication between all stakeholders, while respecting the need to protect confidential information.
- Reducing the direct and indirect costs associated with occupational and non-occupational injuries and illness.
- Acting in accordance with accepted standards pursuant to relevant current statutory regulations (Human Rights), University policies, and collective agreements.
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