The Impacts of Language Barriers on the Return-to-Work Experience

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 at 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET  

This presentation will discuss the findings from an Ontario study that sought to identify strategies for the successful return-to-work of injured workers who experience language barriers. Based on interviews with injured workers and key informants from various sectors, we describe challenges in the return-to-work process and propose recommendations to better navigate return-to-work in contexts of language barriers.

Learning outcomes:
  • To develop an understanding how language barriers can shape the work injury/illness and return-to-work experience.
  • To reflect on how challenges that arise from language barriers in the return-to-work process may be identified and addressed by stakeholders.
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Stephanie Premji 20211014

STEPHANIE PREMJI

Stephanie Premji is an Associate Professor at the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University. She is interested in the working conditions, health problems and access to care and compensation of immigrant and racialized workers. Dr. Premji is the author of the edited collection Sick and Tired: Health and Safety Inequalities (2018, Fernwood Publishing).

Additional resources:

Premji, S., Begum, M., MacEachen, E. and Medley, A. 2020. A Guide to Identifying and Addressing Challenges Related to Language Barriers in Return to Work. McMaster University School of Labour Studies. March. 28 pages (Stakeholder guide).
https://hdl.handle.net/11375/25331   

Premji, S., Begum, M., MacEachen, E. and Medley, A. 2020. What to Do If You Get Injured or Ill from Work. McMaster University School of Labour Studies. March. (Pamphlet for Ontario injured workers who experience language barriers – available in 7 languages)
http://hdl.handle.net/11375/25326

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