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Back-to-School & Work: A Refresher on Spotting Warning Signs

September 04, 2021
With Canada’s rising vaccinating rate, employers have started planning or requesting its employees’ return to workplaces in the fall, ...

Emerging issues

7 Ways to Prioritize Mental Health in the Remote Workplace

May 14, 2021
Mental health can be a sensitive topic for some, it’s crucial that managers and leaders are educated on the topic and have resources at hand ...

Guest bloggers Awareness and remembrance

Behind the Scenes of the “Respect At Work” Survey

March 31, 2021
Over the past few months, you may have seen our social media posts about the “Respect at Work” national survey on workplace harassment ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

Women’s History Month: Canadian Women’s Accomplishments

March 04, 2021
When Canada turned 150 years-old in 2017, we created a timeline of Canadian women’s major accomplishments Click here to view the 150 Years ...

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Black Women in the Workforce and Tall Poppy Syndrome

March 03, 2021
February is Black History Month and with this, we want to highlight how Black people in Canada remain resilient against Canada’s historic ...

Emerging issues

Covid-19 & How We are Failing Women

February 05, 2021
Until very recently, the number of women in the workforce was at an all-time high. Economist Claudia Goldin confirmed that the current generation ...

Emerging issues In the news

New Year, New Rules: Introducing a one-stop shop to meet Canada’s new workplace domestic violence regulations

January 11, 2021
For many of us, 2021 couldn’t have come fast enough! It’s a new year and if you’ve kept up with Canadian labour news, it also ...

Emerging issues

Women are Leaving the Workforce amid the Pandemic. What can we do?

December 12, 2020
An unprecedented exodus of women from the workforce is upon us and the pandemic is only partly to blame. The real culprit for this mass departure ...

Awareness and remembrance

December 6: Workplace Violence Against Women in Canada Today

December 06, 2020
On December 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered at Polytechnique Montreal, one of Canada’s most tragic acts of violent misogyny. Every ...

Awareness and remembrance

Healing Justice Manifesto for December 6th 2020

December 03, 2020
On December 6th, 1989 I was a new mother. The murders at l'École Polytechnique shook loose a deep despair that surfaces every December. ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

Ending Violence Against Women - Basics for the Workplace

November 24, 2020
Violence against women is everywhere. In the workplace, we see it in certain jokes, “water cooler talk”, information and media we ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

National Housing Day and its Link to Employer Support for Domestic Violence Victims

November 10, 2020
“Why can’t they just leave?” That’s the default response to a story about a victim enduring domestic violence. Packing ...

Awareness and remembrance

Oct 1st 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons

September 30, 2020
Thirty years ago, on December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly made October 1 the International Day of Older Persons. The day was observed for ...

Emerging issues

Gender Equality Week: The Inequality of Working from Home

September 25, 2020
Mid-September marks a full six months of quarantine in Ontario as workers who would typically work in an office continue to work from home. Some ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

New Warning Signs for Spotting Abuse & Canadian Labour Laws Supporting Victims

September 02, 2020
Six months into quarantine, many of us fortunate enough to work from home have realized that we took perfunctory office routines for granted. ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

Everything Wrong with Zero Tolerance Policies & Why Progressive Discipline is the Future

August 27, 2020
News stories following athletes accused of domestic violence flow like clockwork: after allegations surface and gain traction, players’ ...

Workplace champions

Unifor Women’s Advocates remain active during Covid-19

May 14, 2020
Unifor has a network of over 400 Women’s Advocates across Canada. Our union has negotiated this position into our collective agreements with ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

The value of being prepared

May 11, 2020
The pandemic is teaching us the extraordinary value of preparedness. When the lockdown started in early March, it came as a shock that society ...

Awareness and remembrance

National Day of Mourning – Remembering Victims of Workplace Sexual Violence

April 28, 2020
On June 2nd, 1996, sixteen months after she had filed a sexual harassment complaint against him, Theresa Vince was murdered at work by her ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

How Employers Can Help when Home Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence and COVID-19

March 18, 2020
As the spread of COVID-19 forces Canadians to stay home, people who live with an abusive parent or partner are at increased risk of violence. ...

Awareness and remembrance

Bread and Roses – The Unifying Cry for Gender Equality & Worker’s Rights

March 06, 2020
Bread and roses. Historically, they’ve been a commonly used symbol of the women’s workers movement as well as International ...

Guest bloggers

Impact of Violence on the Workplace - Part 2

January 29, 2020
I thought it would be useful to find numbers on domestic abuse in Canada to give a sense of the scope of the workplace impact. I found, perhaps ...

Guest bloggers

Impact of Violence on the Workplace - Part 1

January 17, 2020
Trying to avoid spilling my precious morning coffee while lugging the ancient beast of a laptop, I settled awkwardly into a spot at the café ...

Awareness and remembrance

Best of 2019 at MIOB

January 16, 2020
This past year has been full of change. The influence of the #MeToo movement in the workplace cannot be downplayed, with many more women feeling ...

Awareness and remembrance

How to Stay Mentally Healthy During the Holidays

December 20, 2019
The winter holiday season creates many expectations for a time of joy. Television commercials, stores, online advertisements all show images of ...

Awareness and remembrance

16 Days of Action - The Workplace Can Help Support Victims of Abuse

December 11, 2019
From November 25 to December 10, individuals and organizations around the world have campaigned to call for the prevention and elimination of ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

We’re letting employers get away with discrimination against older workers

August 27, 2019
You hate to hear it, yet maybe you can recall an instance where you’ve suspected it: older workers are discriminated against in the ...

Awareness and remembrance

Workplace Domestic Violence: Supporting Workers with Disabilities

August 12, 2019
For employers, the obligation to protect workers who may be experiencing domestic violence and who also have a disability requires sensitivity and ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

Domestic Violence at Work is “Targeted Violence”

July 25, 2019
American author Phil La Duke set out to write a book on workplace violence. He wanted to give leaders of companies a working tool for predicting, ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

Ground-breaking global treaty will improve protections for workers experiencing domestic violence

July 11, 2019
On June 21, 2019, International Labour Organization member governments, worker representatives and employers’ organizations voted ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Should Not Be a Woman’s Responsibility

June 14, 2019
52% of Canadian women have been sexually harassed in the workplace, and 28% of Canadian women have been the subject of non-consensual sexual ...

Awareness and remembrance

Flexibility in the Workplace Can Help Keep More Women in the Workforce

May 10, 2019
Studies show an equal number of women in the workplace and in management has a direct correlation to the success of the organization. Meaning: ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

National Day of Mourning - More than just remembering, let’s do something

April 25, 2019
Held on April 28, the National Day of Mourning in Canada is a day dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Domestic violence in Canada: STILL at the wrong end of the problem, asking the wrong questions

April 24, 2019
Stats Canada has released data gleaned from a “snapshot day” that looked at women’s shelters on a day in April last year. On ...

In the news

Take guns away from stalkers – a very good idea

April 08, 2019
News sources reported this week that the National Rifle Association (NRA) will oppose the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the ...

Awareness and remembrance

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Progress in Equality, but Still Work to Do

February 11, 2019
As we celebrate the 2019 International Day of Women and Girls in Science, it’s important to take stock of the recent progress we’ve ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance In the news

Most Canadian Provinces Are Providing Domestic Violence Leave

January 28, 2019
Domestic violence is not just a personal issue. We know it reaches far beyond the home and into the workplace, which is why paid domestic violence ...

Awareness and remembrance Workplace champions

What Employers Can do to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

January 07, 2019
The #MeToo movement has put sexual harassment and violence in the workplace front and center. But what about violence that occurs in the personal ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

December 6 – Day of Remembrance and Action

December 05, 2018
On December 6, 1989, 13 female students and a female administrator at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because they ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

#MeToo and the Pendulum Swing

October 16, 2018
It has only been a year since the flood of #metoo sexual assault and harassment reports surfaced to sink the careers of powerful men with long ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Recognizing global leadership on domestic violence at work: New Zealand & Australia

September 08, 2018
In July, New Zealand became the second country in the world to pass a national law granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to ...

Awareness and remembrance

Zero Tolerance Complicit

August 14, 2018
Professional sports organizations have a particular social responsibility to act as role models and good citizens for the legions of young fans ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance Workplace champions

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Sport - The Roberto Osuna Case

August 14, 2018
Sport plays an important role in society and is often highlighted for the positive impact it can have within communities. For example, we enroll ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Trans and 2 Spirited People (MMIWGT2S): Voice of a Family Member

June 19, 2018
The first memorial march was held over 25 years ago in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside also known at DTES. The march was led by Indigenous ...

Awareness and remembrance

June 15th – Be the Change: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 14, 2018
The United Nations General Assembly designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole ...

Awareness and remembrance

Courage and Solidarity Brought Us Here

May 30, 2018
The astounding speed and force with which the #MeToo movement has entered popular discourse and consciousness can make it seem as if it was a ...

Awareness and remembrance Workplace champions

Breaking the Silence: Domestic Violence in the Workplace

May 07, 2018
It is often difficult to overcome the hesitation to act and the misconception that domestic violence is a private issue; however, it is imperative ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

National Day of Mourning - April 28, 2018

April 23, 2018
After the workplace murder of Theresa Vince in Chatham June 2, 1996, I learned that I was sadly mistaken in my understanding that a ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

Supporting Gender and Sexual Minorities

March 26, 2018
Domestic violence (DV) has significant impacts on workers and workplaces. In a recent pan-Canadian survey, we documented, for the first time, ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21st) – New Anti-Racism Directorate and Director

March 19, 2018
We’ve come a long way with equality in the past few decades, both gender and racial equality. Yet, discrimination still exists on many ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

Planning for change is not the ‘huge mistake’ for Mark Cuban

March 07, 2018
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, fired Earl Sneed, a beat reporter for the organization, after an article appeared in ...

Awareness and remembrance

International Women's Day

March 05, 2018
Join us in celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th! We've prepared a fun and informative video all about the amazing and ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

Family Friendly Workplaces – acknowledging the relationship between work and home

February 14, 2018
On January 1st this year, the Fair and Family Workplaces Act took effect in Alberta. Labour Minister Christina Gray spoke about the importance of ...

Awareness and remembrance

International Day for Women and Girls in Science – February 11

February 12, 2018
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance In the news

Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work: Think ‘Turtle’

January 22, 2018
The New York Times recently published an article titled: Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do. The some things that ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

The Accounting of Sexual Violence: How many women does it take to make a report of sexual assault stick?

January 02, 2018
In the U.S we see that nineteen is not enough to make it stick to a president, even when he boasts about it on camera. Nine is not enough to make ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

2017 – a year of change and no change

January 02, 2018
In 2014, Ray Rice punched his girlfriend unconscious in an elevator and became the face of domestic violence in the NFL. The level of media ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

How to Set Up Security Measures at Work to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

December 08, 2017
There are many simple but highly effective measures that any workplace can take to create a safe and supportive environment. If domestic violence ...

Workplace champions Awareness and remembrance

What Happens In This Family, Stays In This Family…How We can Help and Protect Children From Abuse

November 29, 2017
Over the years, communities have come to appreciate the need to balance children's fundamental right to be safe with parents' right to ...

Awareness and remembrance

16 Days of Action

November 24, 2017
Domestic violence is an issue that affects us all. You might have even experienced it firsthand yourself. Or maybe you have a friend, a family ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

Zero tolerance and the concentration of blame

November 20, 2017
Three years ago Ray Rice was suspended from the NFL after video footage of his domestic assault became public. Slava Voynov was suspended from ...

Awareness and remembrance

Offenders in the Workplace

November 13, 2017
It’s not just employers. Society as a whole distances itself from violent men and doesn’t provide much in the way of opportunity for ...

Awareness and remembrance

The Impact of Violent Behaviour for Workplaces

November 06, 2017
When we began offering workplace education about domestic violence through the Make It Our Business (MIOB) training program, one of early ...

Workplace champions

Mindfulness: Healing the Wounds from Domestic Violence & Feeling Empowered

October 30, 2017
The benefits of mindfulness are being experienced and spoken of world-wide which is very exciting. More and more people are beginning to ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Person's Day

October 16, 2017
It’s the day when the Supreme Court of Canada officially declared females as “persons.” Yes, today we might think the idea that ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Person's Day

October 16, 2017
It’s the day when the Supreme Court of Canada officially declared females as “persons.” Yes, today we might think the idea that ...

Awareness and remembrance

The Other Side of Zero Tolerance

October 04, 2017
A zero tolerance policy on domestic violence at work sounds like an easy solution. Step out of line and that’s it – you will lose your ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

How to Create a Peaceful Workplace

September 22, 2017
A peaceful workplace. It should be the goal of every organization or business. When employees come to work excited to see their co-workers and ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

The Impact of Violent Behaviour for Workplaces

September 12, 2017
hen we began offering workplace education about domestic violence through the Make It Our Business (MIOB) training program, one of early questions ...

Awareness and remembrance

Beyond Good and Evil is White Male Privilege

September 07, 2017
The public killing of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville recently brought the shadow side of white North American society into full view. Her ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

Alberta joins the growing movement to protect jobs from domestic violence

August 28, 2017
Last week Alberta became the second province in Canada to pass legislation providing workers with domestic violence leave. In this case, they are ...

Workplace champions Awareness and remembrance

The Power of Regret

August 25, 2017
For a number of years I have been travelling to workplaces in my community to talk about intimate partner violence and how to recognize and ...

Awareness and remembrance

Employer Tips for Dealing with Domestic Violence

August 02, 2017
Domestic violence doesn’t just stay inside the walls of the home or the personal relationship. When a worker experiences abuse in a ...

Awareness and remembrance

How to Support Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace

July 24, 2017
Becoming a mother is no easy feat. There are long days, sleepless nights, and exhausting weeks. In Canada, most working women who are employed ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

Domestic violence is an economic barrier for women

July 20, 2017
The Province of Ontario is seeking input on women’s economic empowerment with an online survey that is open until August 15th. The Ministry ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

Paid or unpaid - domestic violence leave is a victory

July 05, 2017
The Australian Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a ground-breaking decision on July 3rd to establish Australia as the first country in the ...

Awareness and remembrance Workplace champions

Economic Benefits of Paid Domestic Violence Leave

July 04, 2017
Economic insecurity is one of the greatest factors inhibiting victims of domestic violence from escaping violent situations at home. To address ...

Awareness and remembrance In the news

Canadian Women's 150: 150 Years of Canadian Women's Accomplishments

June 28, 2017
Canadian Women's 150: 150 Years of Canadian Women's Accomplishments Infographic.

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What does it mean to be culturally competent?

June 22, 2017
Cultural competence is about our will and actions to build understanding between people, to be respectful and open to different cultural ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

National Aboriginal Day

June 16, 2017
As Canada gears up to celebrate its 150th birthday, it’s imperative that we remember the history of our country goes back way more than 150 ...

Awareness and remembrance

Why Dads Need Flexibility in the Workplace, Too

June 08, 2017
We often hear about the need for flexible schedules for working moms. When workplaces can accommodate needs like childcare hours, sick days, ...

Awareness and remembrance

Remembering Theresa Vince: Sexual Harassment Awareness Week

June 02, 2017
The first week of June has been chosen as Sexual Harassment Awareness Week because June 2 marks the anniversary of Theresa Vince's death. In ...

Workplace champions

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Sexual Violence Impacts the Workplace

May 19, 2017
Sexual violence can have lasting consequences. It’s well-known that survivor-victims of sexual assault can face emotional impacts, ranging ...

Awareness and remembrance

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Work

May 11, 2017
Mother’s Day. It’s a day when we celebrate all the moms and women of influence in our lives. This could be a mom of any type: a ...

Guest bloggers Awareness and remembrance

Domestic Violence is an Occupational Health and Safety Issue

April 18, 2017
Our workplaces are not immune to domestic violence, as we know that violence against women has no geographical or socio-economic boundaries. ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Why Employers Need to Support Paid Domestic Violence Leave

April 07, 2017
Domestic violence is often seen as a private matter, something to deal with behind closed doors and to be kept away from the workplace. This is ...

Awareness and remembrance

How to Prevent Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

March 21, 2017
While we might not all see it, racial discrimination definitely still exists in Canada, and the workplace is not immune to this type of ...

In the news Awareness and remembrance

International Women’s Day: 10 Ways to Honour Women in Your Workplace

March 07, 2017
This International Women’s Day, there are so many things you can do to support women, both in your own life as well as in the workplace. The ...

Awareness and remembrance Emerging issues

Workplace Domestic Violence Training - Why It’s Necessary and How it Helps

February 22, 2017
Domestic violence is often seen as a “private” issue. Something that happens in the home or within private relationships. A concern ...

Emerging issues Awareness and remembrance

How the Domestic Violence Prevention Training Helped Our Workplace

February 13, 2017
The endeavour was a joint initiative and effort between numerous individuals at the County of Lambton who formed a committee to help roll-out the ...

Awareness and remembrance Workplace champions

Why We Need Workplace Champions to Address Domestic Violence

February 09, 2017
When workers are experiencing violence at home, the impacts are felt in the workplace. This is something for us to reflect upon as we enjoy our ...

Workplace champions

Workplaces can help women speak out

February 01, 2017
It has been my observation that the anticipated response to the age old question ‘how are you?’ has evolved from the vague, but ...

Workplace champions

Why We Need to Support Paid Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave

January 03, 2017
Survivors of domestic or sexual violence should not have to choose between their job and their safety. That’s the basic principle behind my ...

Awareness and remembrance

Domestic Violence Doesn't Discriminate

December 14, 2016
The tragic death of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji has left three children without a mother and a community of family members, friends and colleagues ...

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Holiday Work Parties - One Thing to be on the Lookout For

December 01, 2016
Work holiday parties are a great way to end the year. They’re good opportunities to socialize with your co-workers and talk about things you ...

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How to Keep the Holiday Work Party Safe & Happy

December 01, 2016
‘Tis the season for holiday work parties. With many people celebrating during the month of December - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and ...

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16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence in the Workplace

November 25, 2016
Domestic violence is an issue that affects us all. You might have even experienced it firsthand yourself. Or maybe you have a friend, a family ...

Awareness and remembrance

5 Ways to Help a Co-Worker Who is Being Abused

November 22, 2016
Domestic abuse doesn’t stay in the home. It often follows the victim to work, resulting in issues for the victim, a disruptive workplace or ...

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Kindness is Easy - Simple Ways we can all Practice Kindness

November 22, 2016
When we walk through the doors of our workplaces, we don’t leave our personal lives behind. We think that we can put away a bad morning with ...

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