The Law Society of Upper Canada's new client identification and verification requirements take effect 31 December 2008. Lawyers and licensed paralegals (or their retained agents) must now verify the identity of clients, whether meeting with them in person or not. Read more.
The automatic exemption from jury duty for several state-licensed professions, including attorneys and physicians, is eliminated beginning 1 january, 2009. The change is intended to provide juries that represent the state's entire population. Read more.
The Office of Financial Regulation is proposing mortgage regulations that include conducting annual criminal background checks for everyone selling mortgages in Florida. This is the latest step in a reform push prompted by an investigative series in the Miami Herald revealing that brokers convicted of fraud kept their licenses. The top mortgage regulator subsequently resigned and emergency rules were imposed that include a lifetime ban on anyone convicted of a felony involving fraud or financial wrongdoing. Read more.
The number of physicians practicing in Texas is up and the number of lawsuits down, due largely to medical malpractice reforms instituted five years ago. The Texas Medical Board staff was increased 28% to handle the anticipated need to settle more cases out of court, but settlements through the board grew 202%, creating an undesirable backlog. Read more.
In Review of Boards and Commissions - Pre-Audit Report, the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) proposes four approaches the legislature could use to more systematically track boards and commissions. It could focus on those With little activity; those with a high impact on state resources; those that license or adjudicate; and/or those that operate within a particular topic area. The report summarizes approaches used in selected other states.
Licensing certified professional midwives would not signicantly enhance the health and welfare of the public compared to its costs concludes Sunrise Report: Licensing of Certified Professional Midwives. The nursing board opposed the proposal, saying the public is best served by licensed certified nurse midwifes.
As the first phase of its licensing reform, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is requiring all 6,000 physicians working there to go in person to the Al Murooj Rotana hotel between January 16-30 to obtain user names and passwords. The physicians may then apply online for a new license. Employers and physicians are asking the DHA for more detail about the re-licensing procedures. Read more.