Upcoming Events

HRPA Eastern Conference: Employment Law 101

Date: September 20, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre, 1550 Princess St., Kingston, ON

At the Magic of HR Conference, Stuart’s program will provide an overview of key employment laws, explain the legal obligations of employers towards employees, and will provide employers with some best practices to ensure they use employment contracts and policies in a strategic manner.

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GTA Accountants Network Event

Date: September 25, 2018

Time: 8:30 AM - 5:20 PM

Location: Donalda Club, 12 Bushbury Dr, North York, ON M3A 2Z7

Stuart and Hilda Gan of People Bright Consulting will be conducting a panel discussion on marijuana in the workplace.

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

Start date: October 17, 2018

End date: October 25, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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

Stuart is the co-Director of this course, and will be teaching alongside his Associates.

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.

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Lexpert: Workplace Law Reform in the Gig Economy

Date: November 14, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: 333 Bay Street, 29th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5H 2R2

Broad legislative reform measures in Ontario and Alberta have highlighted the rapid evolution of workplace law, driven by the increase in “precarious employment” and the “gig economy.” The game and the stakes are changing rapidly, and the mantra of the past is becoming a distant echo. Efforts to reduce costs by using temporary workers, contract workers, or other non-traditional relationships may not be effective any more. Make sure you’re listening to the right sounds by attending this seminar.

In-class and online webinar available.

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Previous Events

Next Steps Employment Centre: Avoid Legal Battles

Date: September 13, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Next Steps Employment Centre - Vaughan

Next Steps Employment Centre Vaughan cordially invites you to an exciting interactive information session to provide effective tools to manage and minimize employment risk.

The following topics will be covered: workplace harassment, dismissal and layoffs, company policies and procedures, monitoring employee behaviour, manager’s duties and liabilities, compensation and benefits.

This is a free workshop but seating is limited.

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The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2018

Date: June 21, 2018

Time: 1:30 - 5:00 PM

Location: Donald Lamont Learning Centre, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto

Employment law is a fast-changing area. This past year, not only has the provincial government significantly overhauled workplace legislation, but the courts have issued a number of important rulings. When you know about the latest developments in the legislation and jurisprudence, the quality of advice you deliver to your employer and employee clients is much stronger. The presenters are experienced counsel and adjudicators, and the Six-Minute format ensures you get up to date on a wide range of topics in a short period. Add in the top-notch written materials you’ll receive, and it’s easy to see that this program is well worth your time.

  • Can you get damages in tort for harassment claims?
  • Can the employer be liable for a worker’s discrimination against a co-worker?
  • When are WSIA benefits set off against wrongful dismissal awards?
  • What contingency fee options are available?
  • What do the latest cases say about notice awards?
  • Can employees be found liable for negligence at work?​

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Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry

Date: June 13, 2018

Time: 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Location: 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8

The New York Times’ October 2017 article, reporting on a myriad of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, initiated a wave of similar allegations throughout the entertainment industry, and beyond. Whether you are in-house or external counsel, and whether you represent entertainment companies, entertainment unions, artists, crew or other industry participants, as a lawyer working in the entertainment space you have an important role to play.

Stuart serves on an expert panel as they get you up to speed on how to handle sexual harassment allegations, including:

  • Critical policies to implement
  • How to protect corporate clients
  • Advocating for clients who have experienced sexual harassment
  • The role of unions in handling and preventing sexual harassment

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Solo and Small Firm Conference 2018: The 21st Century Lawyer

Date: June 7, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 700 Level, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

Stuart will be presenting on Office Policies for the Modern Work Environment: Strategies and Obligations.

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HRPA Northwestern Law Conference: Obligations to Support Transgender/Transitioning Employees

Date: May 10, 2018

Time: 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Location: Victoria Inn - 555 Arthur Street West, Thunder Bay

Brittany Taylor discusses employer obligations to support transgender/transitioning employees.

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SafeWork Summit: Seminar on Legalization of Marijuana

Date: April 18, 2018

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Niagara Falls

The implications of marijuana – both medical and recreational – on your current workplace policies

On July 1, 2018, Canadians will enter a brave new world as the Liberal government legalizes recreational marijuana. The new legislation is simple to understand in terms of the rights of individuals; however, it gets much more complicated when it comes to how marijuana should be used, tolerated or forbidden at work. Now more than ever, employers and employees must know how to discuss and deal with marijuana in the workplace. The best thing you can do to protect your business and your people is to stay informed, be prepared for questions that come up, and understand the implications of marijuana – both medical and recreational – on your current workplace policies.

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Join Stuart and Nadia at this webinar, where they will review the legal obligations of employers to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment and will provide employers with some best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding what steps to take if there is a complaint or suspicion of sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Understanding the requirements and best practices for policies and procedures in relation to sexual harassment and investigations
  • Understanding the risks of getting it wrong

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Predictive Success Corporation: Bill 148, Understanding and Managing the Impact on Your Business

Date: April 4, 2018

Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Markham 300 Commerce Valley Drive East Thornhill, ON L3T 7X3

Join our panelists for a power breakfast session preparing to help employers to react to the new reality of Bill 148.

Learn how Bill 148 is affecting the workforce and how you can protect your organization. Predictive Analytics are key when it comes to hiring the best employees and making fewer cuts.

Q&A Session will take place at the end of breakfast.

Panelists will be :

  • David Lahey – Bestselling author and CEO of Predictive Success Corporation
  • Stuart Rudner LLB – Leading Employment Lawyer and Mediator

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HRLT: Dealing with Harassment and Investigations in the #metoo Era

Date: March 21, 2018

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Toronto - 25 York Street, Suite 1801

Stuart is presenting on Dealing with Harassment and Investigations in the #metoo Era.

Join us for a brand new episode of Fire Away: The Employment Law Show with Stuart Rudner, streamed live on the Rudner Law Facebook page and YouTube channel, on Tuesday March 20th at 12:30 PM EST.

Stuart will be joined by Criminal Defence Lawyer Ed Prutschi of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman, Criminal Litigation. Ed Prutschi represents clients facing all manner of criminal and regulatory charges across Ontario. He is also well known for his work as a Justice Columnist for the Toronto Sun, Legal Analyst for CTV News, and Chief Legal Analyst for NewsTalk1010 radio.

Stuart and Ed will engage in a discussion on handling harassment allegations in the workplace, and they will also be taking questions from the viewers.

If you would like to ask a question, please leave a comment on the Facebook or YouTube video during the live stream. Please remember that Facebook comments are public. If you would prefer to ask a question anonymously, please feel free to send us a direct message during the broadcast instead.

We encourage you to RSVP and share this event with anyone you think may be interested!