Fifteen years after the introduction of licensing for paralegals, Ontario still faces a troubling access to justice problem, and this is especially being felt in family law, where paralegals can’t currently provide services. The Law Society of Ontario is pursuing the implementation of a Family Legal Services Provider License for paralegals to help increase access to justice, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. In this article, we take a deeper look at this important issue.
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Criticisms about long application processing times can fail to account for the many external factors at play that are not under the regulator’s control. Regulatory expert Dr. Sheila Marchant-Short explores this and more in our latest Voices article.
How do regulators balance the need for rigid, universally applied constants with the demands of a dynamic, ever-changing world? Regulatory expert Harry Cayton looks at this and more in our latest Voices article.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. A Missouri daycare suspends operations after being accused of providing children with illicit medication, Idaho axes licensure requirements for hair braiders, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Ontario gives approval to expedite international nurse registration, Ohio introduces legislation to license advanced care respiratory therapists, new research finds that professional licensing has no impact on interstate migration, and more in our latest weekly roundup of regulatory news.
Machine learning (ML), a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), involves training algorithms with data to the point where they improve themselves independently over time. How can government leaders make use of this technology to further the public interest? Where has ML succeeded in the public sector over the past 20 years?
While regulators can look remarkably similar, their operational and governance structures vary widely depending on their size, culture, and legislation. We take a deep dive into how regulators are structured in terms of their day-to-day operations and governance.
Advocates of universal license recognition say that it can alleviate labor shortages and help skilled workers start practicing faster. But opponents argue that taking a "one-size-fits-all" approach can dilute or eliminate licensing requirements that exist to protect the public. We take a deeper look at the policy and its implementation.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Dubai takes the lead on crypto regulation, an Iowa social worker surrenders her license after accusations of sexual misconduct, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.
In spring 2018, a series of complaints against professional health regulators in British Columbia prompted the Ministry of Health to commission regulatory expert Harry Cayton to provide recommendations on how the province can modernize its regulatory framework to better protect the public. We explore Cayton’s findings and recommendations.
Multijurisdictional practice has been a subject of debate for licensed professionals in nursing as far back as 1995. One answer to the limitations of single-state licensure in the U.S. has been the development of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). But how did this all start? And how has COVID-19 impacted the progress of multijurisdictional practice throughout the nation?
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Virginia expedites licensing for social workers from out-of-state, Massachusetts simplifies licensure for military spouses, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.
Part of the licensing process in many professions, examinations are necessary applicants and licensees to obtain a professional license. But what happens when in-person examinations face a global pandemic? Well, things go remote. But are the changes here to stay?
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy.  Louisiana bill sets new rules for funds sitting in abandoned sports betting accounts, Massachusetts Superior Court judge throws out two questions on police officer licensing questionnaire, Louisiana governor signs two occupational licensing reform bills into law, and more in our latest Week in Brief.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Ontario legal regulator sues exam prep company over leaked bar examination questions, occupational licensing reform bills become law in Missouri and Louisiana, and more in this week’s look at regulatory news.
When convicted murderers are permitted to practice in their profession, is good character important? Harry Cayton asks if the boards of licensing bodies should apply the same standards to themselves as they apply to applicants for a license.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Canadian health workers face mental health issues as the pandemic rages on, President Biden is urged to decriminalize marijuana, and California plans to phase out the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 in our latest weekly roundup of regulatory news.

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