Terminating or Suspending Employment
The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires that a written report (referred to as a “mandatory report”) be made to the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario:
- by anyone who terminates, suspends or imposes restrictions on the employment of an audiologist (AUD) or speech-language pathologist (SLP) for reasons related to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
- by any employer who has reasonable grounds to believe that an AUD or SLP has resigned or voluntarily relinquished or limited their practice due to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
- by anyone who dissolves a partnership, corporation or association with an AUD or SLP for reasons related to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
The RHPA gives immunity to people who file mandatory reports if the report is made in good faith, that is, not made maliciously. In addition, the duty to make mandatory reports overrides other duties of confidentiality.
Failure to make a mandatory report can result in a fine of up to $25,000 for a first offence and up to $50,000 for any subsequent offence. For corporations, failure to report can result in a fine of up to $50,000 for a first offence and up to $200,000 for any subsequent offences.
Mandatory reports about AUDs and SLPs are an important mechanism to ensure that the College can address potential risks to the public. These reports permit the College to investigate the concerns and take appropriate action. This is a critical College function in keeping with its public protection mandate.
30 Days To Make A Mandatory Report
Following a termination or suspension, dissolution of a partnership, or voluntary resignation or limits by an AUD or SLP, employers or partners have 30 days to make a mandatory report the College. The report must be made even if an AUD or SLP resigned before the termination or suspension took place.
How to Make a Mandatory Report
The written report must contain your name and contact information, the name of the regulated health professional and the basis of the concerns underlying your report. You are encouraged to provide copies of relevant documents. To make a mandatory report or discuss issues, contact the Director of Professional Conduct. This can be done to:
The Director of Professional Conduct
College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario,
5060-3080 Yonge Street, Box 71, Toronto, ON M4N 3N1
Telephone: 416.975.5347 or 1.800.993.9459 ext. 221