In the wake of LaFlamme’s exit, how effective are independent workplace reviews?

Richard Leblanc, professor of governance and law at York University, does not believe this is a publicity stunt, but says it is possible that Bell Media or any other company could “stifle the process thus rendering the examination unnecessary. .

As Bell Media faces independent workplace scrutiny following the firing of Lisa LaFlamme as CTV National News’ senior anchor, a corporate governance expert warns the move does not guarantee the change.

Richard Leblanc, professor of governance and law at York University, does not believe this is a publicity stunt, but says it is possible that Bell Media or any other company could “stifle the process thus rendering the examination unnecessary. .

He also says that employees should be encouraged to participate in confidential interviews and that the third party conducting the review should make it easy for employees to come forward.

In a social media post Friday, August 26, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BCE Inc., Bell Media’s parent company, said an independent review involving “confidential interviews with all employees of the newsroom who choose to participate” is in progress.

Mirko Bibic said Bell Media vice president of news Michael Melling has been the subject of “various allegations” and is on leave pending the outcome of the workplace review.

Leblanc says that for the review to be effective, transparency is imperative, which includes presenting findings and conclusions to employees at the end of the process.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 30, 2022.

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