Wednesday, May 17, 2017

JOB FAIR

Friday May 26, 2017
9:30am to 4:00pm
2347 Kennedy Road, Suite 204


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK

On behalf of the management and staff at NHI – Nursing & Homemakers Inc., we would like to celebrate nurses & their contribution to the profession & the health care system!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


SOME WAYS TO INVOLVE SENIOR CITIZENS IN

EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES


On April 22, 2017 the largest civic observance in the world celebrated by over one billion people in 19 countries will participate in Earth Day activities.  You can involve seniors and loved ones of all ages with reduce, reuse, and recycle campaigns across the GTA this Saturday.  Here are a few ideas to help them with some activities;


Community garden – Seniors who are agile enough to get out and enjoy the outdoors can visit community gardens which provide fresh products and plants as well as contributing to a sense of community and connection to the environment and an opportunity for satisfying labour and neighbourhood improvement.

Energy audit - You can assist seniors at home with a self-home energy checkup to help determine where homes are losing energy and money - and how such problems can be corrected to make your home more energy efficient. 

  • Try looking for air leaks, check insulation, vapour barriers, ductwork seals, weather stripping, check heating and cooling equipment for service update and cleaning
  • Change old lighting for more energy efficient lighting products
  • Unplugging an item when it is not in use to prevent phantom loads
  • Changing the settings or using items less often
  • Purchasing new, more efficient home products like appliances

Clean out old unused clothes and donate to a charity – A great example is the Canadian Diabetes Association. One of the few charities that offers a pickup service for smaller donations of clothing, the Canadian Diabetes Association sells donated items on to chains like Value Village in order to fund diabetes research. You can schedule a pickup online or by phone, or find a dropbox. (Just a gentle reminder: Don't leave bagged clothing sitting outside boxes.)

Plant a tree – For tree planting activities across Ontario, check out sites like; http://www.treesontario.ca/programs/planting_maps.php

Volunteer for an environmental charity – To volunteer activities across Canada, check out sites like https://www.goodwork.ca/volunteer

Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017





WORKPLACE VIOLENCE - BILL 168

What is workplace violence?

Under Ontario Bill 168 now known as Section 32 of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario OHSA), workplace violence is defined as:  
  • The exercise of physical force by a person against a worker in a workplace that causes or could cause physical injury to the worker;
  • An attempt to exercise physical force against a worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker; or
  • A statement or behaviour that it is reasonable for a worker to interpret as a threat to exercise physical force against the worker, in a workplace, that could cause physical injury to the worker. 

What are the requirements for Ontario Employers?
The law breaks down into a series of steps that every employer must take. These include:
  1. Develop written policies that are posted with respect to workplace violence and workplace harassment.
  2. Conduct a risk assessment for workplace violence.
  3. Develop a workplace violence and harassment program.
  4. Incidents or threats of workplace violence must be reported to the employer or supervisor.
  5. Establish practice of how the employer investigates and manages incidents, complaints, or threats of workplace violence.
  6. Reassess policies and programs.
  7. Train employees in these policies and procedures.
  8. Employee refusal to work where he/she has reason to believe that he/she is in danger of being a victim of workplace violence.



The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA)

The Basics

This information is from The Ministry of Labour

 

1. Payday

Expect a regular pay day and a pay stub that is clear. Keep a record of the hours that you work.


2. Deductions from wages

Some employers require you to pay for your uniform. Deductions from your wages to pay for a uniform may be made only if you agree in writing to have a specified amount deducted.

If a customer leaves without paying, or your error costs your employer money, that amount cannot be deducted from your wages.


3. Tips and other gratuities

Employers cannot withhold tips and other gratuities from employees or make deductions from their employees’ tips to cover things like spillage, breakage, losses or damage, etc. However, employers can make deductions from employees’ tips and other gratuities if it is authorized by statute or a court order, or if the amount will be distributed to other employees as part of a tip pool.


4. The Employment Standards Poster

The Employment Standards Poster describes important rights and requirements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. The poster must be posted in the workplace where it is likely that employees will see it. Employers are also required to give every employee a copy of the poster.


5. What is work time?

Time spent in training that is required by the employer or by law counts as work time. If you have to transport materials from the workplace to another job site, that is work time, too.

 

6. Can I be required to work on a public holiday?

If you work in a hotel, motel, tourist resort, restaurant, tavern, hospital or an establishment with continuous operations, you may be required to work on a public holiday. If you work on a public holiday, you are entitled to premium pay.


7. Special rules

Some jobs have special standards or exemptions.


8. What’s my vacation pay?

Vacation pay is at least 4% of wages (excluding vacation pay). Any vacation pay not already paid is owed to you when your employment ends.


9. Are you a “temp”?

Temporary employees generally have the same rights as other employees under the ESA.

 

Employment Standards Information Centre

416-326-7160 (Greater Toronto Area)
1-800-531-5551 (Toll-free)
1-866-567-8893 (TTY for hearing impaired)

Mumps Outbreak Investigation


The compiled information is from Toronto Public Health, February 28, 2017

Summary

Toronto Public Health is seeing a rise in mumps cases in the city among 18-35 year olds.  Currently, there have been 18 confirmed cases of mumps in Toronto in 2017 (as of noon on February 28, 2017).  Increased mumps activity has also been noted in Winnipeg and Western Canada hockey teams.

Mumps infection and spread during outbreaks

The mumps virus is found in saliva and respiratory droplets. It is spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and coming into contact with a person's saliva by sharing drinks or utensils, food or water bottles, or by kissing. A major factor contributing to outbreaks is being in a crowded environment, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team or living in a dormitory with a person who has the mumps

      
                     



If you are unsure of your vaccination status, contact your healthcare provider or if you attended school in Toronto, call the Toronto Public Health Immunization Information Line at 416-392-1250.

For more information, contact Toronto Health Connection: 416-338-7600, TTY: 416-392-0658.
 

How can NHI help?                             

If you or a loved one has fallen ill to the effects of any illness and you need short or long-term health care assistance or assistance with the activities of daily living, please contact one of our coordinators and they can help create a care plan for your specific needs. 

You can reach NHI by phone at 416-754-0700, toll free at 1-800-567-6877 or by email at staffing@nhihealthcare.com . Nursing & Homemakers Inc. is Accredited by Accreditation Canada.