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Mental health disability leaves recur sooner than physical ones; Small business owners happy despite longer hours; Nova scotia’s fair drug pricing act to reduce cost of generic drugs; Still time to complete survey
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/19/2011

Mental health disability leaves recur sooner than physical ones

TORONTO — The recurrence of an employee’s medical leave of absence from work tends to happen much sooner with a mental health leave than a physical one, according to a study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Most workers who take a mental health leave do not go on leave again for at least two years, while those who take a physical disability leave don’t experience a recurrence until almost four years later.

Small business owners happy despite longer hours

TORONTO — Being their own boss, controlling their destiny, making more money — these are some of the reasons why two-thirds of small business owners describe themselves as “very happy” (66 per cent versus 63 per cent in 2010), according to the 2011 TD Canada Trust Small Business Survey. Montreal small business owners were most likely to say they are “very happy” (70 per cent), followed by Toronto (68 per cent), Vancouver (66 per cent) and Calgary (60 per cent), found the survey of 402 small business owners in the four cities.

Nova scotia’s fair drug pricing act to reduce cost of generic drugs

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s Fair Drug Pricing Act came into effect July 1 to lower the cost of most generic drugs. Pharmacies in the province will have until Aug. 1 to clear out their stock of drugs at the old price and acquire stock at the new price, said the provincial government. A cap will be set on generic drug prices based on the price of equivalent brand drugs and will be phased in over one year:

•July 1, 2011: A cap of 45 per cent was put in place.

•Jan. 1, 2012: The cap will move to 40 per cent.

•July 1, 2012: The cap will move to 35 per cent.

Still time to complete survey

TORONTO — There’s still time to complete Canadian HR Reporter’s exclusive survey on incivility in the workplace. To take the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/NWGZCCZ. Results will be published in an upcoming issue of Canadian HR Reporter.

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