Health Links: Providing coordinated care to complex, high-needs patients

On Wednesday January 22, 2014, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), hosted the Health Links Conference, bringing together stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum: the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), hospitals, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), local health integration networks (LHINs), primary care providers, Health Quality Ontario (HQO), community care access centres (CCACs) and community agencies among others. The conference was an opportunity to share the implementation challenges and lessons learned from different Health Links, and to provide attendees with advice, tools and tactics for success going forward. Read More

The law governing unpaid internships

In 2013, there was quite a bit of media buzz around the topic of unpaid interns.  Pundits in every major news publication were decrying the practice of unpaid internships and calling for government  prohibition of this practice.

As it happens, Ontario does regulate unpaid internships. In fact, Ontario’s laws are so strict that it is very difficult for an employer to have an unpaid internship program that does not violate the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). Read More

Proposed changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000

Two bills before the Ontario Legislature propose to make significant changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”).

Bill 21

Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families, 2013) would amend the ESA to add three new mandatory job-protected leaves of absence provisions. The proposed new leaves are as follows: Read More

Canada’s anti-spam legislation comes into force this year

On December 4, 2013, Canada’s Minister of Industry announced July 1, 2014 as the Phase One coming-into-force date of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (“CASL”). Phase One includes the section 6 provisions related to commercial electronic messages (CEMs) (commonly known as spam). In Phase Two (January 15, 2015), section 8 of CASL comes into force. Read More

Template by-law for compliance with Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010

As part of the required transition to Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (the “Act”), each corporation that is subject to the Act will need to ensure that its corporate by-laws are in compliance with the Act. Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services (the “Ministry”) has made available on its website a default by-law that may be adopted by a corporation or used as a guide to make sure that a corporation’s by-laws are in compliance with the Act. Read More

Quality Improvement Plan resources available on-line from the Ministry

Public hospitals in Ontario have been required for some time to submit quality improvement plans (QIPs) under the Excellent Care for All Act2010. More recently, and tied to their accountability agreements with the local health integration networks (LHINs), primary care organizations such as community health centres (CHCs) and family health teams (FHTs) have also been required to put QIPs in place. Community care access centres (CCACs) come next, effective 2014; and in 2015, long-term care homes will also develop and submit QIPs. Read More