Events

Upcoming Events

Richmond Hill Board of Trade – Vanderburgh Series

Start date: January 16, 2020

End date: January 30, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location: Richmond Hill Board of Trade 376 Church St S, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9V8

January 16, 23 and 30
9:00 – 10:30 am

The Richmond Hill Board of Trade has developed the Vanderburgh Certification Series to provide great new educational opportunities for our members.
Join us for: The Fundamentals of HR Law: What Business Owners Need to Know

Day 1: The Laws that Govern

We will explain the laws that govern the employment relationship, including employment standards and human rights. We will explain the employment standards, the duty to accommodate, and other fundamental aspects of the legal relationship. You will understand the laws that impact the employment relationship and the inter-relationship between them.

Day 2: From Hiring to Firing, and Everything in Between

We will review the risks in the hiring process, how to impose discipline, the laws of dismissal, and the need for investigations. The most common mistakes are made at the beginning of the relationship, and we will explain what those are and how to avoid them. We will also explain how to respond to suspicions of misconduct, including allegations of harassment and sexual harassment, how to assess whether you can “fire” someone and how to assess the entitlement to severance.

Day 3: How to Put Yourself in a Stronger Legal Position

We will review best practices in the hiring process, strategic use of contracts,  performance management, implementation of policies, discipline and dismissal. This will help you to reduce labour costs, minimize risk and maximize your rights as an employer.

The (un)Sexy Side of Business – The BridgGroup and Rudner Law Workshop

Date: February 11, 2020

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: 27 Roytec Rd., Unit 3B Vaughan, ON L4L 8E3

Financial Planning and Employment Law Workshop. FREE Breakfast Networking Seminar for Small Business Owners.

Learn from industry experts! You’ll learn…

– Most common mistakes of small employers
– Avoiding risk
– Employee vs Contractors
– Maximize your rights as an employer
– Alternative funding for capital expenses
– Strategic business planning
– Marketing for Small Business

RSVP by Friday, February 7th, 2020: Call Shirleen Smith or Amy Barroso at 905-851-8871 Ext. 226 or email brandwarrior@thebridggroup.ca

Accommodation laws exist to ensure all employees have fair and equal access to work.

An employer’s responsibility is to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination. In some cases, that may require accommodation for an employee’s specific needs, such as

  • Physical, mental or neurological disability
  • Childcare obligations
  • Addiction
  • Gender identity

Log on to our live webinar on February 26, 2020, at 2:00 pm EST as we discuss the requirements for workplace accommodation in Canada. Learn when the duty to accommodate is triggered, how to respond to a request for accommodation, and how to determine “undue hardship.”
A Canadian HR Law Essential for all employers.

Previous Events

HRPA York Region

Date: January 16, 2020

Time: 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Location: Richmond Hill Country Club 8905 Bathurst Street Richmond Hill, ON

PD Breakfast: Employment Law Updates – Accommodation

We all know that employers have a duty to accommodate, but what does that mean in practice? What types of things do you have to accommodate – does it include things like childcare obligations or cannabis use? And how far do you have to go – what is “undue hardship” and what is a bona fide occupational requirement? Is an employee entitled to choose their form of accommodation, or can you substitute a less costly or onerous one?
We will discuss the underlying human rights basis for the duty to accommodate as well as how to respond to requests for accommodation so that you understand your rights and obligations and are well-equipped to handle those requests when you receive them.

 

Hacking HR

Date: November 28, 2019

More details to come.

The Talent Company: Top of Mind *Private* (second session)

Date: November 26, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W

Information Series for HR Leaders Fall 2019 (two identical sessions)

Performance Management: The Art & Law of Giving Feedback

Facilitated by: Stuart Rudner, Founder of Rudner Law

Ranya El-Farnawani, Practice Lead at The Talent Company

A manager wants to terminate an employee who is a “chronic under performer” and feels they have provided ample feedback, however, when you speak to the employee, they think they are performing well. Your Employment Lawyer asks to see the file and explains that your options are limited. In this session, we will discuss the importance of giving feedback from a legal and talent management perspective. Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the legal and talent management consequences of not managing performance properly
  • Learn best practices for documenting performance concerns
  • Practice techniques for providing both positive and constructive feedback
  • Discuss strategies for influencing managers on the importance of providing feedback

The Talent Company: Top of Mind *Private*

Date: November 22, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: 6860 Century Ave, Ste 203 - The Talent Company Office, Mississauga

Information Series for HR Leaders Fall 2019 (two sessions)

Performance Management: The Art & Law of Giving Feedback

Facilitated by: Stuart Rudner, Founder of Rudner Law

Ranya El-Farnawani, Practice Lead at The Talent Company

A manager wants to terminate an employee who is a “chronic under performer” and feels they have provided ample feedback, however, when you speak to the employee, they think they are performing well. Your Employment Lawyer asks to see the file and explains that your options are limited. In this session, we will discuss the importance of giving feedback from a legal and talent management perspective. Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the legal and talent management consequences of not managing performance properly
  • Learn best practices for documenting performance concerns
  • Practice techniques for providing both positive and constructive feedback
  • Discuss strategies for influencing managers on the importance of providing feedback

Brant Human Resources Network

Date: November 21, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre, 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford, ON, N3R 7J4

Stuart Rudner Employment Lawyer and Mediator: Social Media and the impact on the employment relationship, both directly and indirectly, including latest trends and watch outs for employers and employees.

Ontario Bar Association – ADR Section

Date: November 19, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: OBA Conference Centre, 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5C 2B8

Stuart will speak at this program.

Ahead of the Curve: Establishing a Mediation Practice in High Growth Areas

As demands for cost-effective and time-efficient access to justice increase, so too does the need for mediators with substantive and process expertise. Savvy mediators have long known this and established their market presence in conventional areas of law. If you are considering establishing or expanding a dispute resolution practice, where do you find your niche? Attend this essential program to learn from our faculty as they share their insights on building a mediation practice in three high-growth areas: estates and elder care, family business, and workplace law, as well as navigating key professionalism issues associated with growing the business. Join us to learn how to establish your foothold in the mediation field or to diversify your current practice. Register now to secure your spot.

2019 LegalEase Conference – Welcome Our Robot Overlords: AI, Technology, and Employment Law

Date: November 12, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

Stuart Rudner, founder of Rudner Law, will discuss how employees can use technology to get themselves into trouble, and will review the law on the discipline and dismissal that can result. 

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The Osgoode Certificate in Advanced Human Resources Law for Senior HR Executives

Start date: November 7, 2019

End date: November 15, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Osgoode Professional Development Centre, 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor, Toronto, ON

Stuart is the co-designer, co-founding director, and a faculty member of this program.

Sessions are November 7, 8, 14 & 15.

Using an in-depth case study method under the guidance of leading legal and HR experts, you will delve deeply into the most challenging issues in workplace law—and be better positioned to implement or reinforce best HR strategies and practices reflecting the latest law.

  • Understanding in-depth the rationale for provisions relating to termination, bonuses, commissions, stock options, continuance of benefits, non-solicitation and non-competition clauses (failure to understand which can lead to costly litigation)
  • Strategic approaches to the framing and drafting of workplace policies and procedures and employment contracts
  • Effectively planning and managing performance and performance improvement plans
  • What the law requires, and what represents proactive best practices, in strategies for accommodation
  • Overcoming the challenges posed by workplace harassment and mental health issues in the workplace
  • Termination: managing and limiting the risks
  • Understanding the formal mediation and litigation processes which come into play if informal resolution does not succeed.

A key element of this program is the in-depth case-study method which will run continuously throughout the successive modules, enhanced by ‘fireside chats’ and input from distinguished HR VPs and senior directors.

HRPA Barrie

Date: October 23, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Liberty North 100 Caplan Avenue Barrie, ON

Today’s HR in the Workplace: Developing Employees Through Engagement and Compliance

Today’s HR in the Workplace: Developing Employees Through Engagement and Legislative Compliance A full day conference designed to provide Human Resources Professionals with the Information and Knowledge about Engaging Employees and Legislative Compliance.  Learn about legislation updates and best practice recommendations.  This event includes inspirational and motivational keynotes, and legal update sessions designed as interactive learning experiences.   Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and network with industry professionals!

 

Brittany Taylor, Senior Associate, Rudner Law

Topic: Harassment Investigations

In today’s legal landscape, with changing legislation and increased public scrutiny, it is essential that employers, and their HR teams, are fully prepared to deal with issues of harassment in the workplace. This includes not only understanding what to do when an issue arises, but how to mitigate against workplace harassment in the first place, as well as how to move forward after an incident has occurred.

In this interactive session, we will walk you through the stages of a thorough and impartial workplace investigation with the aid of case studies based on recent decisions. We will discuss: creating an effective written policy against workplace harassment, training workers, responding to allegations of harassment in the workplace, determining when an independent investigator may be necessary, conducting the investigation, reaching a conclusion, and taking appropriate remedial action in the circumstances.

 

HRPA Grand Valley Breakfast Meeting

Date: June 19, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Centre Dr, Kitchener, ON

HR After #MeToo

The #MeToo movement was one of the most significant wake-up calls for workplaces in decades.  Once the clouds of guilt and shame began to lift, workers from all walks began to feel more comfortable sharing their stories of mistreatment, even if it was just an admission that it had happened to them, too. Yet a few years down the road, employment lawyers are trying to figure out what happens next?  Will those accused of harassment or assault ever be able to safely re-integrate into a workplace?  What obligations might an employer have when hiring someone with a checkered past while still striving to keep their employees safe?  Is there a way to truly ensure best behavior from troublesome individuals?  Join Stuart Rudner as he explores some of the complex issues that have arisen out of the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. 

 

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