A-3.001, r. 4 - Code of ethics of the members of the Commission des lésions professionnelles

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chapter A-3.001, r. 4
Code of ethics of the members of the Commission des lésions professionnelles
INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND OCCUPATIONAL — ETHICS — MEMBERS
Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases
(chapter A-3.001, s. 413)
A-3.001
January 1 2016
From 1 January 2016, the Administrative Labour Tribunal replaces the Commission des lésions professionnelles (S.Q. 2015, c. 15, s. 255)
Until a code of ethics applicable to the members of the Administrative Labour Tribunal is established under section 67, members of the Tribunal must abide by the code of ethics that applied to them within the body they came from. (S.Q. 2015, c. 15, s. 268)
DIVISION I
GENERAL
1. The purpose of this Code is to ensure and promote public trust in the integrity and impartiality of the Commission des lésions professionnelle by favouring high standards of conduct for its members.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 1.
2. Members must abide by the ethics rules provided for in the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (chapter A-3.001) and in this Code.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 2.
DIVISION II
DUTIES COMMON TO ALL MEMBERS
3. Members shall perform their duties with care, dignity and integrity, keeping in mind that accessibility and promptness are important values of the Commission.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 3.
4. Members shall perform their duties without discrimination.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 4.
5. Members shall act in a respectful and courteous manner towards persons appearing before them.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 5.
6. Members shall uphold the integrity of the Commission and defend its independence in the best interest of justice.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 6.
7. Members shall make themselves available to discharge their duties conscientiously and diligently.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 7.
8. Members shall take the measures required to keep up-to-date and upgrade the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 8.
9. Members are bound by discretion regarding any matter brought to their knowledge in the performance of their duties and shall refrain from disclosing information of a confidential nature.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 9.
10. Members are bound by the secrecy of the advisement, in particular any view supported by a member or an assessor, any exchange or discussion, as well as any opinion other than the opinion reported in the decision.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 10.
11. Members shall disclose to the president any direct or indirect interest that they have in any enterprise that could cause a conflict between personal interest and the duties of their office.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 11.
12. Members shall refrain from pursuing an activity or placing themselves in a situation that may undermine the integrity, independence and dignity of the Commission or discredit it.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 12.
DIVISION III
DUTIES SPECIFIC TO COMMISSIONERS
13. Commissioners shall be overtly objective and impartial.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 13.
14. Commissioners shall perform their duties with complete independence, free of any interference.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 14.
15. Commissioners must be politically neutral and shall not engage in any partisan political activity that is incompatible with the duties of their office.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 15.
16. Commissioners shall act with reserve and prudence in public.
Subject to that principle, they enjoy freedom of expression, of belief, of association and of assembly.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 16.
17. A commissioner may exercise functions gratuitously within the professional order of which the commissioner is a member or within a non-profit organization insofar as they do not compromise the commissioner’s impartiality or the effective performance of the commissioner’s duties.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 17.
18. The following are incompatible with the office of commissioner:
(1)  soliciting or collecting donations, except in the case of community, school, religious or family activities that do not compromise other duties imposed by this Code, or associating the status of commissioner to those activities;
(2)  taking part in charities or organizations likely to be involved in matters before the Commission; and
(3)  giving legal advice in fields within the expertise of the Commission.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 18.
19. Commissioners shall preside at hearings by exercising the authority necessary to ensure its proper conduct and to ensure that both parties have an opportunity to be heard and fully substantiate their claims, subject to applicable rules of law.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 19.
20. Commissioners shall allow the members sitting with them to ask questions at hearings and express their opinions when a case is taken under advisement.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 20.
DIVISION IV
DUTIES SPECIFIC TO MEMBERS FROM EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND UNION ASSOCIATIONS
21. Members from employers’ associations or union associations shall perform their duties with open-mindedness.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 21.
22. Members from those associations must be politically neutral in the performance of their duties.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 22.
23. Members from those associations shall manage their affairs so as to not compromise the effective performance of their duties.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 23.
24. Members from those associations may not represent a party before the Commission.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 24.
25. Members from those associations may ask questions during the hearing of a case and advise the commissioner so that the Commission may benefit from their experience.
O.C. 722-2005, s. 25.
DIVISION V
FINAL
26. (Omitted).
O.C. 722-2005, s. 26.
REFERENCES
O.C. 722-2005, 2005 G.O. 2, 3342
S.Q. 2015, c. 15, s. 237