Saskatchewan psychologist suspended after hiring spouse

'Innocent' of privacy violation, but 'insubordinate': Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/08/2018

A psychologist was suspended for 30 days without pay after it was discovered he hired his common-law wife despite being told repeatedly he could not do that.

D’Arcy Helmer had worked since 1999 at the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority (SRHA) in the department of adult mental health.

In November 2014, Helmer approached his supervisor, Michelle Buglas, program manager, and asked if SRHA would hire Barb Wieler as a psychometrist. He was told that if no internal candidates applied for the open position, she would be considered.