Employers have increased responsibilities within the amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) as they relate to Bill 21.

Previously, s.57 of the HPA identified that any unprofessional conduct that results in suspension, termination or resignation must be reported to the regulating college. The timelines to report, however, varied from employer to employer. Effective April 1, 2019, the responsibility of employers to report remains, however the words “as soon as reasonably possible” have been added to the legislation.

In addition, item (1.1) has been added directing employers who suspect sexual abuse or misconduct, that they must, as soon as possible, report to the appropriate Complaints Director.

This amendment suggests possible actions against employers who do not comply with the legislated requirements. Those employers who are registered members of a regulatory college may face allegations of unprofessional conduct under the mandatory reporting for regulated members requirement.