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The Osgoode Certificate in Human Resources Law for HR Professionals

Start date: March 20, 2018

End date: April 24, 2018

Location: 1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor, Toronto, ON or by Webcast

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 expertise and insights in these and other key areas, at this tenth offering of the acclaimed Certificate program.

Date & Time

March 20 & 27, April 3, 17 & 24, 2018

In Person or Webcast


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

Fee per Delegate

$4,295 plus HST


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Previous Events

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!

HRPA: What to Look For (and Beware of) in Your Next Job Offer

Date: March 5, 2018

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Toronto - 150 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor

In this seminar you will find out what to consider when reviewing a job offer, including job content, salary, benefits, hours, flexibility, pension plans and the work environment.  Plus, what to be wary of: making certain you have all details spelled out, all relevant information, and understanding what is negotiable.

Please note: There are two separate sessions of this seminar on this day.

  1. 9:00 am to 10:30 am. More information/register for this session.
  2. 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. More information/register for this session.

APICS Toronto Chapter Meeting: Classification of Workers and Use of Strategic Contracts

Date: February 22, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: APICS Chapter Office - Conference Centre, 1370 Don Mills Road Toronto, ON M3B 3N7

If an individual acts like an employee, is treated like an employee, and is presented to the public as an employee, our courts, tribunals and government agencies will treat them as an employee, even if they entered into an “Independent Contractor Agreement”.

Parties often mistakenly believe that having an “ironclad contract” is sufficient. However, the courts and the Canada Revenue Agency are not bound by such an agreement. Even where the individual uses a numbered company, there is no guarantee that they will not be deemed to be an employee. If the individual has a title, an office, works full time, is provided with a corporate email address and company business cards, and is unable to work for anyone else or delegate the work to others, they are likely to be an employee. While there are many tests, the ultimate question is whether the individual is in business for themselves (a contractor), or a part of the organization (an employee).

Stuart will discuss the risks of misclassification, as well as how they can be addressed strategically.

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Fire Away: Season One, Episode One

Date: February 20, 2018

Time: 12:30-1PM

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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GTA Accountants Network: Marijuana in the Workplace

Date: February 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

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

Stuart will be speaking at a GTA Accountants networking event on February 13, 2018 about Marijuana in the Workplace.

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