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Settlement and integration involves helping recent immigrants and refugees find work and become economically solvent. Many newcomers end up in survival jobs that are precarious, physically demanding, and expose workers to hazards. This seminar will summarize a recent study investigating how newcomers come to understand their rights and where there are gaps in resources and training. Our findings suggest that while many programs focus on employment preparation, the delivery of Occupational Health and Safety and rights-related resources is haphazard and hampered by a lack of consistent funding, time constraints, and a diffusion of responsibility. This study adds to our understanding of what can help recent immigrants and refugees successfully prepare for and remain in safe, quality jobs. We identify optimal points in the settlement process where employment-related resources can be provided and the role social service agencies, regulatory bodies, and employers should play.
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Presenters: Dr. Agnieszka Kosny and Dr. Basak Yanar
Dr. Agnieszka Kosny is a scientist and the chief privacy officer at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. Agnieszka holds a PhD in public health sciences from the University of Toronto. In 2014, she completed a two-year term as a research fellow at Monash University in Australia before returning to her position as a scientist at the Institute. She has over 14 years of experience in using qualitative research methods to explore occupational health and safety and workers' compensation issues, and her research interests focus on new immigrant workers, return to work after injury and the functioning of workers’ compensation systems.
Dr. Basak Yanar is a Research Associate at the Institute for Work and Health. She received her PhD in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management from University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Basak’s research interests include how organizations can achieve and sustain high levels of occupational health and safety performance and promote the physical and psychological wellbeing of their employees. She is also interested in immigrant workers' labour market experiences and health outcomes. Dr. Yanar has experience with qualitative research and is currently managing a project on safe work integration of newcomers with Dr. Kosny.
The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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