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Posted on April 1, 2011 by Dean Benard
When conducting investigations in a regulatory or workplace context we find more frequently that access to computers and laptops is required to gather information relevant to the issues being investigated. Often investigators and employers have assumed the computers are the property of the employer, are to be used for work related matters and therefore the employer should have unfettered access and be able to consent to access by third parties. A recent ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal changes these assumptions dramatically.
Posted on March 21, 2011 by Dean Benard
On May 25, 2011 Dean will be speaking at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Attorney / Investigator Conference on the topic of Protecting Investigations from Allegations of Impropriety and Incompetence. For more information on the conference click here
Posted on February 16, 2011 by Dean Benard
The issue of workplace violence continues to make the news. Recently a study titled Workplace Violence and Harassment: A European Picture published by the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work. Agency Director, Jukka Takala stated, “Both violence and harassment represent serious but under-reported threats to the safety and wellbeing of workers in Europe”. There is debate in various countries around the world about the need to legislate obligations for employers to establish programs focused on reduction of workplace violence and harassment.
Posted on January 20, 2011 by Dean Benard
Workplace conflict and allegations of poisoned work environments can happen anywhere as a recent news story demonstrates. The Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa, Ontario is currently dealing with allegations from several staff and managers of a toxic workplace and harassment in the workplace. Even in an  organization with a mandate to assist others in resolving conflict the ugly realities of today's workplace can take hold. Nobody is immune from being exposed and drawn in to workplace conflict.
Posted on January 11, 2011 by Dean Benard
In a 2010 survey completed by the Workplace Bullying Institute it was found that thirty-five per cent of Americans are experiencing workplace bullying firsthand while an additional fifteen percent report witnessing it. Based on the work we do at Benard + Associates these statistics are no surprise. We have observed a steady flow of reported incidents where bullying and harassment are alleged.
Posted on January 10, 2011 by Dean Benard
On April 27, 2011 Dean will be speaking on the topic of undertaking regulatory investigations and gathering evidence at the 15th Annual Professional Regulation and Discipline Conference held by Infonex.   
Posted on November 30, 2010 by Dean Benard
This article demonstrates some of the fundamental challenges faced by regulators to stay relevant. Some provinces are ahead of BC while others struggle to establish themselves and build the confidence of the public. The challenge faced by any regulator is to ensure their processes are fundamentally fair and unbiased. Most people can live with any outcome as long as it was reached through a process they trust. Self-regulation by its very name is a magnet for criticism and regulators will need to be vigilant to ensure they address public concerns.
Posted on November 18, 2010 by Dean Benard
Well here we are with a new look, new branding, new Website and new blog! Now what? I mean I never had a blog before and I'm not sure what I should say.Don't get me wrong, I am never at a loss for opinions or words to express them but it's important I convey useful and helpful information. As a result you won't see daily blog entries from me. I will blog when I find something important to say. Important to me and hopefully important to you.
Posted on November 13, 2010 by Dean Benard
More and more we are reading about harassment and workplace violence. In Ontario with the Bill 168 revisions to The Occupational Health and Safety Act we are moving forward in a positive way to aggressively deal with this fundamental challenge to safe and harmonious workplace. It is nice to see other Provinces moving in this direction. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Workplace-harassment-legislation-upated--105452403.html
Posted on April 15, 2008 by Dean Benard
Many dietitians have asked the College, "How does an investigation into a member's conduct get started and what does the process entail?" Investigations can be initiated in two ways:1) by the Complaints Committee following a complaint to the College about a member and 2) by the Registrar & Executive Director (ED) when she receives information through a mandatory report or other means and as a result forms reasonable grounds to suspect a member has committed an act of professional misconduct, is incompetent or may be incapacitated.