Upcoming Events

Live Webcast: The Legalization of Marijuana How to Balance Compliance, Safety, and HR Concerns

Date: November 21, 2017

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Live Webinar

Join Stuart Rudner  and Brittany Taylor online as they discuss some of the challenges for employers operating in a society where marijuana use is likely to become even more commonplace.

This webinar will address a number of distinct issues employers may encounter, including:

  • Identifying the different users of marijuana and the unique legal issues that each type raises;
  • Assessing the duty to accommodate and balancing safety and other concerns;
  • How to respond to employee requests for accommodation of marijuana use;
  • Designing appropriate policies to address drug use and abuse;
  • How to manage cases of suspected marijuana abuse; and
  • How to handle discipline and dismissal relating to marijuana use and abuse.

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Marijuana @ Work: Accommodating Marijuana Use Without Going up in Smoke

Date: February 15, 2018

Time: 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Location: Sheraton Centre, Toronto, ON

Medical marijuana is now recognized as a legitimate form of treatment for some conditions and symptoms. Health Canada estimates that 450,000 Canadians will turn to using marijuana for medical reasons by 2024. In addition, the Federal government has announced plans to legalize recreational use of marijuana in 2018. This will have serious implications for the workplace, and employers may encounter various types of marijuana users, from the addict to the self-medicator.

Each different type of user raises different issues regarding accommodation in the workplace. Employers often fear the worst, assuming they must allow almost anything in the name of accommodation. That is not the case. Stuart Rudner will discuss the duty to accommodate medicinal and other uses of marijuana, the limits of the duty to accommodate, and how to respond to requests for accommodation. He will also address discipline and dismissal, as well as the proactive use of policies and procedures to minimize liability while governing the workplace.

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TECHxpo 2017: Your Practice…Connected

Date: November 9, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events , 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto ON

Discover the newest legal technology and innovation that is reshaping the practice of law. Learn how to incorporate these valuable legal tools into your practice to simplify your workload, maintain your competitive edge in the evolving legal landscape, and safeguard your client data from hackers who are targeting law firms. This annual event is your chance to get exposure to technology that has been designed for the modern law office and mobile lawyers to improve efficiency, thereby boosting profitability.

Ensure you have the technology you need and how to make effective use of the technology you have.

On The Road Again: Mobile Practice

Join Stuart at the 10:15 am session where he will be discussing the tools you can use to work on anything, anywhere anytime. If you are a lawyer who travels often, or a lawyer without an office, find out how to take your office with you wherever you go with the best apps and gadgets for a mobile lawyer.

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Canadian HR Reporter Webinar: Discipline and Dismissal for Off-Duty Conduct

Date: November 2, 2017

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Online

What can you do when you find out an employee is a white supremacist or racist and isn’t hiding it?

In recent years, Stuart discussed many situations in which individuals have lost their jobs as a result of off-duty conduct. In one memorable case, an employee of Hydro One was immediately dismissed after a video of him yelling sexually inappropriate comments at a female news reporter went viral (although he was subsequently reinstated after grievance arbitration).

  • So if someone is captured on video chanting racist slogans or supporting racist groups, can he be fired?
  • What if your employee is spreading their offensive message around the workplace?
  • At the other end of the spectrum, what if you discover an employee’s offensive beliefs, but they’re not public nor are they known by others within the organization?

During this webinar, Stuart will address:

  • when off-duty conduct can justify discipline or dismissal
  • how to assess when conduct rises to the level of just cause for dismissal
  • how to update your policies to address off-duty conduct (including on and offline)

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HRPA Northwestern Ontario: Managing Human Rights Claims and Costs

Date: October 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay

Join Stuart Rudner as he leads this advanced level workshop where participants will leave with the ability to implement a complete approach to prevent and address complicated human rights issues related to various code grounds, including those related to gender identity and transitioning staff members.

Participants will learn strategies to mitigate liability and cost in the event of a claim and how to navigate updated Human Rights Tribunal processes.

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Brittany is presenting at  the HRPA – the Barrie Chapter Conference on October 25th, 2017.

The topic is The Ever-Changing Workplace: Reviewing the Proposed Changes to the ESA and Beyond.

The ‘Ask Andrew’ Show

Date: October 19, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Facebook Live

Stuart Rudner joins Markham family law lawyer, Andrew Feldstein, on the next ‘Ask Andrew’ Show to talk about how separation and divorce can effect employees.

The show runs on Facebook Live and you can ask question by leaving a comment on the Facebook page or send a text to 416-303-8307.

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Job Skills: Beyond the Bottom Line

Date: October 4, 2017

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: The Venetian Banquet & Hospitality Centre, 219 Romina Drive, Vaughan, ON L4K 4V3

Job Skills is pleased to once again offer a Professional Development / Networking opportunity in support of the business community. Beyond the Bottom Line will provide expert advice and information on a range of topics of interest to business owners and their employees.

Employment Law Essentials

Stuart is to participate, from 1:45 pm  to 3:30 pm, on this interactive Q & A workshop/panel which will help you get up to speed on all the latest employment law changes in Ontario including workplace accommodation, hiring and firing of employees, and interpreting Bills 132 & 148.

The one-day Conference features:

  • ‘Infusiastic’ Keynote Address
  • Expert Speakers
  • Dynamic, Informative Workshops
  • Employer of the Year Presentation
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Meals/Refreshments1:45 pm – 3:30 pm

The Co-operators Group Benefit Forum: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Date: September 20, 2017

Location: The Marriot Hotel in Ottawa

Stuart will be discussing the use of medical marijuana in the workplace a the upcoming Co-operators Group Benefit Forum in Ottawa.

Join Stuart Rudner and Nadia Zaman for a Canadian HR Reporter live & on-demand webinar on: Special Requests for Accommodation and Dress Codes – Avoiding Discrimination.

Canadian HR Reporter Events

Join Stuart as he discusses some of the challenges associated with accommodating medical marijuana in the workplace. Stuart will address the distinct issues employers may encounter, including the duty to accommodate, the relevance of safety concerns and other bona fide occupational requirements, the use of policies, and how to address potential abuse.


Employment Law Seminar: Newmarket Public Library

Date: June 14, 2017

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: Aurora Public Library, Magna Room, 15145 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1M1

Free Employment Law Seminar led by Stuart Rudner