Upcoming Events

ACFI 2020 Fraud Conference and Post Conference Workshop

Start date: November 16, 2020

End date: November 17, 2020

“Handling Harassment Investigations: How to Minimize Workplace Disruption & Legal Liability”

Eric Poirier – Argus Research Group

Stuart Rudner – Rudner Law

Kristen Pennington – McMillan LLP

HRPA York Region

Date: January 13, 2021

Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Annual Employment Law Update for our home chapter – topic TBA.

HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show 2021

Date: January 27, 2021

Time: 2:00 - 2:45 PM

HRPA’s Annual Conference & Trade Show is Canada’s largest HR event and the world’s second largest Human Resources conference. Join us as we inspire thousands of HR managers and business professionals in Toronto. Our renowned three-day event features world-class keynotes, 75+ informative sessions on cutting-edge HR issues, and more than 250 trade show exhibitors. It’s the most valuable business development opportunity in Canada to engage with thousands of HR professionals who are interested in learning about the latest HR products and brands. 

Stuart will be presenting: So You’re Going to Mediate

Previous Events

Are your Canadian HR policies simply compliant – or are they strategic?

Many organizations put policies in place to comply with applicable laws. However, compliance is just the starting point!

Seize the opportunity to use employment contracts and HR policies strategically in order to reduce labour costs, increase employment flexibility, and reduce liability for your organization. Plus, get updated on lessons learned from the pandemic.

Watch this 60-minute webinar to hear Canadian employment lawyers from Rudner Law discuss ways to strengthen your legal position as an employer, including:

  • Drafting employment contracts strategically
  • Assessing whether your “contractors” are really employees
  • Ensuring that contracts are implemented properly (for new and existing employees)
  • Reducing severance obligations and controlling post-dismissal costs
  • Addressing post-employment obligations such as non-competition and non-solicitation

The Advocates’ Society, in conjunction with the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee, is pleased to present this one-of-a-kind event for lawyers in their first ten years of practice. Join YASC members from across the country and engage on issues that are relevant to you.

Mental Health
Alysia Davies, Homewood Health
Hayley Pitcher, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
Nadia Zaman, Rudner Law
Moderator: Chantale Dallaire, Torys, S.e.n.c.r.l.

Nadia joins Alysia and Hayley to talk about mental health, specifically relating to the rights and obligations of both employers and employees when it comes to accommodating mental health in the workplace.

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

Start date: October 19, 2020

End date: October 27, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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.

Date & Time
October 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
Live – Online

LSO 21st Employment Law Summit

Date: October 15, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our presenters provide you with current information on the latest case law and legislative changes in employment law. Whether you represent employers or employees —or both—our panels of expert lawyers and mediators deliver practical, concise analysis of the year’s need-to-know developments concerning constructive dismissals, return-to-work protocols, work refusals, telecommuting, sick leave policies and more.

  • Consider how courts will deal with temporary layoffs, reductions in hours, etc.
  • Get an analysis of the latest important appellate decisions
  • Learn how workplaces can address systemic anti-Black racism
  • Hear the latest on what courts, boards and mediators are doing to adapt to the online environment​

Stuart presents on Adapting to Technological Adaptations in Mediation, Administrative Tribunals and the Courts – 9:05 AM

Presentation and Q&A for HRLT Members

Date: September 14, 2020

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

For SCNetwork’s HRLT Group members

ADR Clauses and Employment Contracts: Impact of Uber v. Heller [WEBCAST ONLY]

What does the Supreme Court’s recent decision of Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller mean for your employment practice? Is it advisable to include dispute resolution clauses in employment agreements in light of this decision? Join our faculty as they address:

  • Benefits and operation of ADR clauses in employment contracts: should you consider requiring negotiation, mediation and/or litigation arbitration of employment disputes?
  • What are the advantages, for both plaintiffs and defendants, of arbitrating employment disputes?
  • Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller – what was the case about, what did the Court find, and what did it fail to address?
  • Can arbitration clauses be used in employment agreements after Heller?
  • What is the impact of Heller on employment arbitration?
  • Is your ADR clause enforceable in light of Heller?
  • View from an arbitrator on how the wording of an arbitration clause impacts an arbitration – for better or for worse.
  • Best practices in drafting ADR clauses – stepped resolution clauses, considerations and drafting strategies

Join us for this timely and valuable program!


Jennifer Egsgard, Egsgard Mediation
Andrew Monkhouse, Monkhouse Law
Mitchell Rose, Rose Dispute Resolution


Ranjan Agarwal, Bennett Jones LLP
Elaine Newman, Newman Arbitration
Stuart Rudner, Rudner Law
Alex Van Kralingen, Van Kralingen & Keenberg LLP

EP25: Reducing Legal and HR Risks when Staff Return to Work


Ryerson Life after Law School – Talk & Discussion

Date: August 5, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM

Hear from guests from a broad range of practice areas about the paths they took after law school leading them to their current roles, while also reflecting on the sentiments and aspirations they had when they were in your shoes as 1Ls.

Nadia will be speaking.

Toronto: 07.30.20 *VIRTUAL ENG 17* Getting Back to Business

Covid-19 has changed the landscape of our working lives. So many questions to ask, a great many things to consider, and all with an (over)abundance of sources for information.
Are you physically going back to work? Can you choose to stay at home and work remotely? What if you refuse to go back to work? What about your safety in this new workplace? These are pressing questions that Stuart Rudner, Employment Lawyer and Mediator, can expertly shed light on. Whether you are an employee OR an employer, learn from Stuart on how to make the choices that are right for you!
Join Stuart for Virtual ENG #17 on Thursday July 30th @ 5:30pm for a powerful, informative, and important session.
The latest, can’t miss virtual meeting. Don’t delay, register today for the place “to be” on a Thursday night!

Are you thinking of buying, or do you currently operate a dental practice? At this informative presentation, we’ll discuss:

  • Common mistakes to avoid when buying a practice
  • Bolstering your business with data analytics
  • Getting back to work after COVID-19

Attendance is complimentary but RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Monica at