DDO is the go-to law firm for Family Health Teams (as well as Family Health Networks, Family Health Organizations and Family Health Groups) in Ontario. We work side-by-side with Executive Directors, Lead Physicians, Boards, and human resources staff to answer legal questions. 

Our focus is health care. We work with dozens of FHTs. We have helped FHTs open their doors and we have helped more established FHTs with their plans for expansion of premises and services. We also work with every other kind of health care organization.  We understand your community partners, your funders and your clinicians.

Among other hats you wear, FHTs are health care providers, employers, corporations, educators, researchers, governors, and tenants/landlords. We demystify your legal requirements (so you can differentiate between the “nice to dos” from the “must dos”), and we can help you find solutions to your legal problems.

If you require knowledgeable and practical advice to navigate your legal issues – DDO can help.

  Governance and Corporate
  • Board training on duties and liabilities
  • Board governance
  • Charitable status
  • Conflict of interest policies and resolutions
  • By-laws
  • Requirements of new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act
  • Accountability agreements with the LHIN
  • Agreements as between the FHT and FHN/FHO/FHG

  Human Resources

  • Employment policies and handbooks  (vacation, overtime, hours of work, leaves)
  • Hiring practices
  • Progressive discipline
  • Workplace investigations
  • Terminations
  • Human rights
  • Absenteeism management
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Disability management

  Clinical Risk Management, and Privacy

  • Responding to patient/family complaints
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Quality improvement initiatives
  • Form 1 and mental health issues
  • Privacy agreements between the FHT and FHN/FHO/FHG
  • Privacy audits and staff training
  • Clinical policies
  • Clinical documentation
  • Shared eMR

  Commercial Agreements and Leases

  • Review of goods and services contracts
  • Affiliation agreements
  • Template agreements
  • Lease agreements and landlord/tenant disputes
  • Clinical trial agreements

 For more information contact kobrien@ddohealthlaw.com