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The Independent Medical Exam: Working together to make it work

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm ET



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Moderators


Elaine Doyle

Arbitrator/Mediator


Speakers


Julie Menten

Employer Counsel
Roper Greyell
Robert Whillans

Union Counsel
CaleyWray
Rebecca Gewurtz

Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University
TBA

Speaker


Issues

The use of independent medical examinations (IMEs) in determining appropriate accommodations is highly contentious. Unions and employees may doubt the independence of a physician designated by the employer or whose income is derived mostly from performing evaluations for employers and insurance companies. Employers, on the other hand, may have reason to doubt the objectivity of an employee's physician or health care professional. In this session, experts will discuss this dilemma, specifically addressing the following questions:

  • How and when are IMEs typically used in the accommodation process?
  • What are the problems with the prevailing approach to IMEs from the perspectives of employers, unions, employees, and health care professionals?
  • Do IMEs lead to undue stress for employees, causing or aggravating existing mental disorders? If so, how can the adverse effects on an employee's well-being be minimized?
  • Do medical examiners who make IMEs their primary business have the necessary independence and clinical experience to provide information that is both unbiased and useful?
  • Do functional ability or functional capacity assessments — which are often conducted by psychologists or occupational therapists — provide information that is more useful in fashioning an appropriate accommodation than medical examinations performed by physicians?
  • What are the key features of a collaborative IME or functional assessment process that is acceptable to all parties? How can an agreed-upon IME or functional assessment process be designed so as to benefit all parties — the employer, the employee, and the union?

Accreditation


HRPA Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

  • This program has been approved by CPHR Alberta for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved by CPHR BC and Yukon for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Ontario may consider counting this program for 1.5 Substantive hours; 0 Professionalism hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may consider counting this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.

Additional Information

MATERIALS
Valuable, up-to-date materials and case summaries will be available for downloading from our website. Each webinar is accompanied by a PDF of concise summaries of the cases discussed.

REGISTRATION FEE
Live webinar, video, and MP3 bundle – $430
Live webinar – $265
Video and MP3 – $265
(Registrations must be paid in advance of the webinar)
Please contact us by email, or by phone at (416) 977-6618, for discount pricing for additional participants and group orders.

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