Tips on conducting a workplace investigation
Stephanie Young, BLG. Workplace investigations are often necessary when resolving workplace disputes or employees’ complaints. An investigation that is timely, thorough and properly conducted can help employers get to the bottom of a dispute, address employee morale issues, and mitigate ...
Accessibility Act in hospitals
Melanie Warner. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the “AODA”) came into force on June 13, 2005. The purpose of this legislation is to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, ...
Employment contracts: Best practices for
Written offer letters or employment agreements ensure certainty both during the employment relationship and at the time of termination. Moreover, by including a termination provision in such written agreements, employers can reduce their potential liability at the time of termination. ...
Hospital Employee Vaccinations
Hospitals are a unique workplace for many reasons, particularly with respect to employee health and patient safety. The question “should flu shots be mandatory for Hospital employees?” is often asked during each flu season. In an October 2012 editorial, the Canadian ...
New mental health safety standard may impact
employers’ duties related to employee mental health
Recent studies have shown that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and that mental health is the number one cause of disability in Canada, accounting for nearly 30% of disability claims. The reality suggested by ...
What is the purpose of a Power of Attorney for
A Power of Attorney for Personal Care (“POA”) is a legal document in which an individual can specify who has authority to make care decisions on his or her behalf in the event that person becomes mentally incapable of doing ...
Workplace Accommodation of Employees Caring for
The Ontario Human Rights Code recognizes and protects employees against discrimination on the basis of “family status”. Traditionally, employees have requested accommodation on the basis of family status relating to obligations associated with child care; however, as the population of ...
What hospitals and hospital workers need to know about
the Employment Standards Act, 2000
The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) is the primary piece of legislation governing Ontario’s workplaces. It establishes minimum standards with respect to hours of work, overtime, vacation, public holidays, wages, leaves of absence, layoffs, terminations, severance, and other work-related issues. ...
Doctors: Pay lower taxes and keep more of your
Do you provide your professional medical services directly to a health care institution rather than through a corporation you control? If you do, you may be paying more taxes than you have to. Generally, you can save on taxes if ...
Protecting confidentiality in the health care setting:
The menace of social media
Social media has connected the world and provided us with instant access to information in a way that no other innovation has. Most enlightened employers, recognizing the benefits of social media (and that it is not going away), now endorse ...
Education and Professional Development
Everywhere one turns these days, there is someone or something offering financial planning. The problem for the consumer is how to differentiate between […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
As we gather our receipts and get ready to prepare our taxes, many of us start to feel a ‘cash crunch’ and are […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising […]Read more →
Gang Zhou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but he didn’t know where to start. It was 2013 and Gang had just moved to […]Read more →
COMMITMENT ✚ DEDICATION ✚ COMPASSION ✚ LEADERSHIP Look around you. Have you been inspired, encouraged or empowered by an employee or a colleague? […]Read more →
Ornge provides an essential service in Ontario’s highly regionalized health care system by transporting patients to definitive care in a timely manner. To […]Read more →
In Ontario, health care has long been one of the healthier economic sectors to work in. And it may well be the healthiest […]Read more →
Volunteers have always played an instrumental role at Holland Bloorview, helping to create a world of possibility for kids with disability in our […]Read more →
The challenge for jurisdictions funding the Canadian health care system is determining how to provide the best possible care for the best possible […]Read more →
Broken Telephone Pictionary is basically a game where a person starts off drawing a topic and the next person interprets the drawing and […]Read more →
Everyone remembers that one special comforting toy or blanket they had as a child. How a hug could make almost any sadness or […]Read more →
Almost 70 years ago, six-month-old Norma Nicholson was found by a police officer outside the gates of her father’s house in Kingston, Jamaica […]Read more →
One year ago I wrote a column on the ethics of paediatricians discharging vaccine-hesitant parents from their practices. Since that time there have […]Read more →
We don’t often think about the delicate balance of our blood. On one hand, we need to be able to form blood clots […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
Meet Sarah. Sarah was a 26 year-old newly graduated teacher who always dreamed of getting married. She had a met and subsequently became […]Read more →
Every once in a while, the debate on vaccine safety and efficacy surfaces in the news and on social media. The most infamous […]Read more →
The Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal, Quebec is one of the few long-term care centres in Canada to have a Centre […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Digitization of paper records is a necessary component in every organization’s evolution to fully electronic records systems. For Canadian hospitals already under pressure […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Supporting seniors to stay healthy in their home is one of the health care system’s greatest challenges; accomplishing it is one of Fraser […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
Communities across Ontario are seeing a shift in demographics. Populations are growing and aging. As a result of this new reality, hospitals are […]Read more →