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Current Issues in Health Care Law: Health and safety, accommodation, discipline for off-duty conduct, privacy, and more

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT



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Moderators


Mihad Fahmy

Lawyer/Workplace Investigator


Issues

Employers, unions, and workers in the health care sector face unique challenges and added complexity given the nature of their work, increased regulatory oversight, and responsibility in caring for others. This has been especially true during the pandemic. In this webinar, experienced advocates will examine significant recent decisions of courts, arbitrators, and labour boards affecting the health care sector. While the final selection of topics will occur closer to the date of the webinar to ensure currency, issues to be addressed include the following:

  • What health and safety measures are courts, arbitrators, and labour relations boards ordering be put in place to protect health care workers from hazards associated with COVID-19? How broadly are adjudicators applying the precautionary principle in their decisions?
  • While emergency orders and regulations have provided employers with greater leeway in responding to the pandemic, what limits have been placed on the exercise of employers' management rights?
  • What role does patient or resident safety play in assessing whether an accommodation of an employee is suitable or would constitute undue hardship?
  • To what extent does the assessment of just cause for discipline differ in cases involving an employee in the health care field who cares for vulnerable persons? What role does the potential harm to the employer's reputation within the community play in assessing just cause for discipline?
  • How are adjudicators balancing employees' rights, such as freedom of expression, against the need to maintain public confidence in the health care system? When can health care workers be disciplined or face professional repercussions for their off-duty conduct?
  • Are health care workers generally considered to be in safety-sensitive positions? Under what circumstances will an employer be able to mandate drug and alcohol testing? Can employees be required to disclose whether they currently have or previously had a substance use disorder?
  • What significant issues are likely to arise in the coming year?

Accreditation


HRPA Continuing Professional Development

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


Lancaster House CPD
  • Members of the Law Society of Ontario may count this program for 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society may count this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia may count this program 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.
  • This program has been approved by the CPHR Alberta for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • This program has been approved by CPHR BC and YK for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.

Additional CPD information coming soon.

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.

AUDIO FILES
Webinar video and MP3 files are available for $265. Those who have purchased the live webinar may purchase the corresponding downloadable video and MP3 file for the discounted price of $165.

The video recording, MP3 file, and materials are available for download and viewing one business day after the live webinar. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access and download the video recording, MP3 file, and materials by visiting My Account and selecting Order History. For purchases for upcoming webinars, once the video recording and MP3 file and materials are available, registrants will receive an update e-mail informing them that the links are now ready.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
When you register for the live webinar, you will be automatically registered for the Zoom session. One to two days before the live webinar, you will receive an e-mail containing the Zoom link to access the session. For additional program and registration information, please call Lancaster House at (416) 977-6618.

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