Here at DMC, we keep a close eye on whenever courts in Canada have something to say about restrictive covenants and non-solicits (just like Michael Carabash did not too long ago).
I just read a recent case (from Quebec) that put a nice big check mark on the side of Principals and Employers and protecting their Non-Solicitation (non-solicit) clauses and their businesses.
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Infection prevention and control and Public Health inspections are a hot topic! Dentists are worried about their practices and asking us for help. Here is a quick overview of what you need to know about Public Health Ontario (“PHO“) inspections.
The Health Protection and Promotion Act, RSO 1990, c H.7 (“HPPA“) provides the legislative basis on which PHO can receive complaints, conduct inspections and issue/enforce orders.
Yes. There is no protocol in place for PHO to do random inspections of dental offices. At present they only inspect in the event of:
Once a complaint is received, the inspector must notify the RCDSO and will work collaboratively with the RCDSO to conduct the inspection. If necessary, other government branches will be notified, such as the Ministry of Labour if, for example, the investigation uncovers issues under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (for more information about your duties under this Act, click here).
An inspector may enter the premises at “reasonable times” to make inquiries. If you deny entry to the inspector, they may apply to a judge for a warrant to enter and conduct the inspection provided there are reasonable and probable grounds for believing that access is necessary.
Once on the premises, the inspector has the power to do any number of things, including:
Inspectors are looking for compliance with the RCDSO guidelines, PIDAC’s best practices document, and manufacturer’s guidelines (where applicable). Here is a list of some of the infractions that inspectors have found upon entering dental and other offices:
If one or more infractions – also called infection prevention and control (“IPAC“) lapses – are found at the dental practice, then the inspector has powers to make orders to correct those lapses. An order may be made orally, on the spot, if taking the time to put the order in writing will increase the health hazard.
Orders may include:
Appeals from orders of inspectors lie with the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. However, launching an appeal does not automatically preclude you from having to comply with an inspector’s order unless the Board specifically allows it pending a hearing.
Then, the inspector or medical officer may direct its staff to carry out the order, including posting a public notice about the existence of a health hazard. If this occurs, then you will be responsible for paying for the work required plus legal costs. If you refuse to pay, then the amount will be tacked onto your property tax bill.
Failure to comply is an offence punishable by:
Note: directors, managers and officers are automatically liable for corporations under HPPA unless they can prove that they took all reasonable steps to prevent the commission of the offence.
Other remedies available to PHO if you refuse to comply include obtaining an injunction from the Superior Court of Justice which is an order by the court requiring you to comply. Refusal to comply with a court order may culminate in contempt of court plus imprisonment.
Where an investigation is undertaken due to a complaint, the complainant must be notified of the results of that investigation.
Where an investigation was undertaken and one or more IPAC lapses were identified and orders made, Each public health unit of PHO must publish both the initial report (consisting of findings and orders made) and the final report (consisting of how lapse was corrected). For your information, there are 36 public health units across Ontario and each one has their own website where lapses are posted.
Currently there are about 10 IPAC lapse reports posted about dental offices across Ontario. Here are links to the IPAC lapse reports, as found on each health unit’s website that may help you decipher what public health will be looking for if they enter your office:
Note: IPAC lapse reports are only required to be posted for 12 months. These reports will eventually be taken down (and hence you may find that some links will, in time, go stale).
Beyond the IPAC lapse reports, in some instances, the public health unit may advise patients of the lapse, if the lapse has the possibility of affecting them, as was done in the case of Guelph Dental Associates:
Also, if the media picks up on a closure or IPAC lapse, you may find yourself in the midst of a flurry of negative press, as Guelph Dental Associates has in the past few months:
If you want to avoid a complaint in the first place, you should do the following:
Please note that the information provided herein should not be considered legal advice and is provided for informational and educational purposes only. If you have any questions about HPPA or PHO inspections, need advice about your obligations as an employer under the OHSA, or need help coming up with and implementing a new office policy manual, please contact me (Ljubica Durlovska), Jonathan Borrelli, David Mayzel or Michael Carabash. We are your legal dental team.
A dentist was brought in front of the Ontario Labour Relations Board by a probationary employee this summer, and the case was just released publicly (Elliott A. Schwartz Dentistry Professional Corp. v. Lee, 2016 CarswellOnt 9360). I thought I would review the important parts of it as a cautionary tale for dentists managing probationary employees. Read more
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I heard this song on the radio this morning, and it went really well with an email I received from a Dentist today:
I am pleased to announce that Ontario Dentist magazine will be publishing an article in June which I wrote (alongside our employment law lawyers, Jonathan Borrelli and Ljubica Durlovska) entitled “Selling Your Dental Practice? Beware of Staff Liability!” This is a definite must-read article for any dentist. It covers topics such as:
Like I said above, a definite must-read for any dentist! As usual, that article will be published on this website for FREE here, along with all of our other articles.
David Mayzel is your legal risk manager. He is a trained courtroom lawyer and has spent many years resolving disputes both in and out of court. He knows how to prepare documents and execute transactions in a way that avoids or mitigates legal risks. He can be reached at 416.528.5280. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Carabash is your business law adviser. He is an entrepreneur at heart who helps you see the big legal picture. He drafts clear and effective agreements that protect your rights while promoting your interests. He can be reached at 647.680.9530. or email@example.com.
Ljubica Durlovska is your transition lawyer. She helps you with staff and associates, maintaining your corporation, and other business matters. She can be reached at 416.443.9280, extension 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan Borrelli is your employment lawyer. He helps you with staff and associates matters, including hirings, terminations, switching staff to written contracts and resolving disputes. He can be reached at 416.443.9280, extension 204 or email@example.com.
Benjamin Kong is an experienced business law clerk. He assists David and Michael with corporate matters and purchase / sale transactions. He can be reached at 416.443.9280, extension 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Whitehouse is an experienced business law clerk. She assists David and Michael with corporate matters and purchase / sale transactions. She can be reached at 416.443.9280, extension 203 or email@example.com.
David, Michael, Ljubica, Jonathan, Ben and Julie are a truly dynamic team. Their diverse knowledge, skills, and experiences will help you get the best deal possible while promoting your interests and protecting your rights. You can read dentist testimonials here.