Groups Aim to Alter Attitudes on Workplace Disability: Fit Notes, not Sick Notes?

TORONTO – Small organizations in Ontario and British Columbia are trying to change the mindset about health concerns in the workplace, and they’ve been looking to the United States and the United Kingdom for inspiration.

Their starting point of view is that work is healthy for an individual, and prolonged time off work on disability benefits when it’s not necessary can be
harmful, says Terry O’Hearn, chair of the Ontario Action Group to Prevent Work Disability.