Ontario College of social workers & social service workers
250 Bloor Street East, Suite 1000, Toronto, Ontario M4W 1E6 Phone: 416.972.9882
Social Worker Conduct & Employment Lawyer
We understand that social workers are subject to strict regulation and complaints from employers, clients and family members of clients. We understand the demands placed upon them by regulators, employers and the public.
We help social workers throughout Canada who are facing employment law or regulator professional misconduct, competence, fitness, administrative, civil negligence or criminal proceedings. We'll give you our considered legal opinion on the likely optimal outcome of your case, negotiate for you with your regulator, and appear as your advocate at any proceedings. You'll have a strong ally to lean on at every stage of the proceedings.
Social workers should not try to go up against their regulator alone without legal representation. Professional conduct proceedings unfortunately don't have the same checks and balances that are inherent in the criminal justice system. Inconsistent regulatory policies, unreliable evidence of alleged misconduct, and incoherent sanctions may be the result of uncontrolled proceedings if you don't have an advocate to hold your regulator to account.
Employment law situations, regardless of whether you are the employer or employee, can also be extremely complex, where what is written as the statutory rules and entitlements is only the tip of the unwritten court-made employment iceberg. Employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, pay and benefits, harassment, and dismissal can all involve complex legal issues where timely advice from a lawyer is required to prevent or reduce workplace conflicts, and secure or defend against entitlement claims.
Contact us today to discuss the social worker employment law or professional conduct situation you may be facing.