Ask a lawyer: Proof of professional liability protection


Question: My employer has requested that I provide proof of my professional liability protection (or insurance). I am eligible for CNPS services. What documentation can I produce to demonstrate that I have professional liability protection in place?

Answer: Nurses who are eligible for CNPS core services can contact the CNPS to obtain a letter confirming that they have professional liability protection (PLP). CNPS PLP satisfies the minimum PLP amounts required by Canadian nursing regulatory bodies where it has been specified.

Employers may require employees to provide proof of PLP for a variety of reasons. In some situations, the employment contract may require the employee to have their own PLP as a term of employment. In other situations, the employer may not offer professional liability insurance that extends to the employee within their scope of employment. Nurses may also be required to provide proof of PLP to complete a clinical component of a course or as part of the credentialing process.

If you are asked to provide proof of PLP as an employee, it would be prudent for you to ask whether your employer has professional liability insurance in place that extends to you as you work within the scope of your employment.

To request a confirmation letter, please call 1-844-4MY-CNPS (1-844-469-2677). You will be asked to provide us with the following information:

  • confirmation of your current membership with a CNPS member organization or as a CNPS individual beneficiary, for example a photocopy of your receipt of payment for the current membership year or confirmation of your status as a CNPS individual beneficiary; and
  • name and job title, business name and mailing address of the party requesting the PLP letter.

The letter is addressed to the party requiring you to provide proof of PLP, such as your employer, but the CNPS does not send the letter directly to that party. The letter is sent directly to you by mail or email, and it is your responsibility to distribute it to the party that requested it.

To learn more about CNPS’ comprehensive legal support and the CNPS advantage, please visit cnps.ca/advantage. If you wish to discuss proof of PLP with a CNPS legal advisor, who is a lawyer, do not hesitate to contact the CNPS.

 

Published September 2016

 

THIS PUBLICATION IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. NOTHING IN THIS PUBLICATION SHOULD BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE FROM ANY LAWYER, CONTRIBUTOR OR THE CNPS. READERS SHOULD CONSULT LEGAL COUNSEL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE.

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