Upcoming Events

The Osgoode Certificate in Human Resources Law for HR Professionals

Start date: March 26, 2020

End date: May 4, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Webcast

Date & Time
March 26 & 30, April 16 & 20, and May 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Do you have a solid understanding of the still-evolving laws governing the employment relationship and its risks for employers? Can you appropriately conduct workplace investigations and implement practical, timely solutions? Benefit from our distinguished faculty’s expertise and insights in these and other key areas, at this eleventh offering of the acclaimed Certificate program.

Key takeaways from this certificate:

  • Do’s and Don’t’s when drafting employment agreements
  • Determining who is covered by the Employment Standards Act and navigating key issues, including:
    • overtime pay
    • minimum wage
    • leaves of absence
    • pregnancy leave
    • personal emergency leave
    • employees’ obligations when on leave
    • termination of employment, and
    • severance pay
  • Resolving Human Rights Code claims
  • Addressing equity, diversity and inclusion obligations, with tips and tools for reducing discrimination complaints
  • Occupational health and safety: the key provisions
  • Practical strategies regarding the duty to accommodate
  • Practical considerations when assessing the legitimacy of a refusal of unsafe work
  • A comprehensive guide to conducting workplace investigations:
    • pre-investigative steps
    • the investigative process
    • best practices for the interview process
    • making a finding and preparing your report, and
    • remedies to consider
  • Terminating the employment relationship and minimizing your legal exposure
  • Checking references: what you can and cannot do
  • What is included in an effective release
  • The workplace in the social media age: confronting the challenges and risks

Maxident Software: COVID-19

Date: March 30, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT (2:00 - 3:00 PM EST)

Location: Webinar

What do you need to know as an employer in this ever-changing situation?

GTA Accountants Network + Kalex Webinar

Date: March 31, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Webcast

COVID-19 and the Workplace: What you need to know

The COVID-19 virus has turned our world upside down. We are in a state of emergency, people have been told to self-isolate or socially distance, and non-essential businesses have been ordered to close. Businesses that remain open have seen dramatic drops in revenue. While legislation has been amended to provide for new leaves and increased eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits and other support, employers are struggling to understand their rights. Although many are turning to temporary layoffs or salary reductions, the reality is that those may constitute constructive dismissals and expose the company to liability that exceeds any cost savings.

Stuart and Brittany will lead a session in which they will discuss options for reducing labour costs and how to implement them, the assistance available to employers and employees, and the laws regarding the duty to maintain a safe workplace in this unprecedented situation.

People Corporation Webinar

Date: April 1, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM EST

Location: Zoom

Keeping You Informed: COVID-19 Employment Law and Employee Benefits Update

This webinar will take place using Zoom. Please email to RSVP and you will receive a confirmation email with the details.


OBA Labour & Employment Law / Young Lawyers Division PROGRAM

Date: April 3, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Webcast

Client service is fundamental to building your practice. Ensure you have the tools and skills to get off on the right foot with your employment law client and maintain that trajectory. Our faculty of experienced employee and employer counsel share their expert insight on effectively administering the employment law file by addressing employment agreements, managing employment relationships, and the issue of termination. In addition, benefit from an invaluable roundtable on hot topics in employment law. Delving into these topics will help you to skillfully advise your client on navigating human resources management from a legal perspective. Attend to receive an essential overview of the most common issues involved when handling key turning points in hiring and firing with this essential program.

Register now to secure your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

Common Issues in Managing Employment Relationships

Asha Rampersad, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

Nadia Zaman, Rudner Law

  • Harassment and violence in the workplace
  • Human Rights Codeand duty to accommodate
  • Common Employment Standards Act issues
  • Disability, parental and other kinds of leave

Previous Events

Navigating COVID-19 in Canada: HR webinar

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Webinar

With cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the rise, governments encouraging social distancing, and, in some cases, invoking a state of emergency, we know HR teams and employers are rapidly trying to keep up with the latest recommendations, keep their employees safe, and continue running their businesses. And, everyone is struggling to understand their rights and obligations in this unprecedented set of circumstances.

Get your HR questions on COVID-19 answered

Covid19-HR Strategies with Deborah Nixon

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Location: Webinar

HR leaders will come together to talk strategy, tactics and ideas as we all deal with this crisis.

The coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact on employers of all sizes across Canada.

Employers have been asking a lot of questions about reducing payroll costs – through things like layoffs, reduced work weeks and even cutting pay temporarily.

Veterinary Education Today: Business Bootcamp

Date: February 28, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: 287 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON L5M 1L9

This one-day workshop will provide you with expert learning tools to put your practice on track to run smoothly and profitably.

Private Event: RBC

Date: February 27, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Location: Richmond Hill, ON

Employment Law 101 Presentation

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.

Can I fire him?

It’s one of the most common questions employers ask, and one of the most difficult for employment lawyers to answer – because it always “depends.”

There are so many nuances to take into account when it comes to disciplining and terminating employees. With that in mind, Talent Canada and Turf & Rec magazines are proud to co-present an employment law webinar designed to educate professionals on the law of discipline and dismissal.

Featuring Stuart Rudner, founder of Rudner Law – an award-winning boutique employment law firm in Markham, Ont. – it will cover a wide range of issues including:

  • The law of dismissal
  • How to calculate the amount of severance
  • Best practice in dismissals
  • Handling misconduct
  • Just cause for dismissal
  • And more.

Rudner is also the author of You’re Fired: Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada, and he makes regular appearances in national media – including CTV News, CBC News, CP24 and The Globe & Mail.

The conversation will be moderated by Mike Jiggens, the editor of Turf & Rec magazine.

“This is a great opportunity to hear from one of Canada’s leading employment lawyers,” said Todd Humber, group publisher at Annex Business Media that looks after Talent Canada and Turf & Rec. “There is so much confusion, and a lot of room for error, when it comes to what you can and can’t do in discipline and terminations.”

The webinar runs on Feb. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. ET, and features an opportunity to ask questions directly to Rudner.

Register today at The cost to attend is $69.

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

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.


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.