Home|Skills Training

Skills Training, British Columbia

Virtual Event

Friday, November 25, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Hotel information
Register Now

It is generally accepted that employers must request no more employee personal health information than is necessary for legitimate purposes such as administering sick leave or disability benefits, providing accommodation under human rights legislation, or ensuring workplace health and safety. However, the application of this principle to specific cases generates endless controversy because employers, employees, health care providers, and unions often each have their own ideas of what is "reasonable." This session is designed to provide a common framework that will enable workplace parties to balance employees' privacy rights with employers' needs for employee personal health information.

Guided by experienced counsel and medical experts, participants will learn the legal framework governing the collection, use, and storage of employee personal health information as well as practical strategies for obtaining and reviewing information from health care professionals. Participants will leave ready to

  • assess the reasonableness of requests for employees' personal health information
  • approach employees/union members about needed information with sensitivity
  • write requests that prompt timely, useful responses from health care providers and medical experts
  • recognize when a health care professional is acting as an advocate or assuming an inappropriate role
  • determine what type of information should be obtained from different health care professionals (e.g. general practitioners, medical specialists, psychologists, occupational therapists)
  • evaluate the adequacy of information provided and respond appropriately to vague or deficient information
  • use medical evidence effectively in the grievance and arbitration process
  • safeguard personal health information in compliance with legislation and in accordance with best practices
  • identify appropriate uses of independent medical exams or functional assessments


Jessica Gregory

Elisabeth Finney

Union Counsel
Black Gropper
Wilson Chan

Employer Counsel
Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Dr. Charl Els

Senior Medical Advisor, Physician Health Monitoring Program
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta