Events

Upcoming Events

HRPA 2018: Annual Conference & Trade Show

Date: February 1, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Avoiding Liability: Discuss How to Protect your Organization from Costly Common Employment-Related Mistakes

Most Human Resources professionals do not have a law degree, but they are increasingly called upon to deal with issues relating to employment standards, occupational health & safety, contracts, human rights, and more. The risks are growing as courts and tribunals are awarding larger awards — learn how to avoid extremely common mistakes to dramatically reduce your risk.

Join this interactive session with Dan McGarry (Global Wood Group) and Stuart Rudner to address issues with both a practicing employment lawyer and an experienced senior HR professional. Drawing on real-life examples, best practices and case law, Stuart Rudner and Dan McGarry will address your employment law concerns and provide answers on how to mitigate your employer’s risk, develop legally enforceable policies and maintain compliance with employment legislation.

Learning Objectives

Learn about common mistakes and best practices in areas including: Termination, Accommodation, Employment Contracts, Human Rights, and Privacy.

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GTA Accountants Network: Marijuana in the Workplace

Date: February 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Kalex valuations Inc., 133 Lowther Avenue Toronto, ON M5R 1E4

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

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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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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

Location

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

HRPA York Region: Bill 132 One Year Later: What Have We Learned?

Date: January 18, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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

When Bill 132, formally titled Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), came into force in the Fall of 2016, there was a lot of discussion about the ramifications and new obligations faced by employers.  While there was already a recognition of the need to prevent and investigate harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace, this piece of legislation went further than any previous legislation had. It imposed specific requirements for the wording of policies, and also created an absolute obligation to investigate incidents of harassment, even in the absence of a complaint. Furthermore, the legislation provided that a failure to investigate properly would result in an order from the Ministry of Labour that an investigation be carried out by a third party, at the employer’s expense.
 
There are still more questions than answers, including whether investigation reports must be filed with the Ministry, when the Ministry will find that an investigation was insufficient, how they will choose a neutral investigator. Stuart will discuss the case law and best practices that have developed over the past year or so, and how you can minimize your organization’s risks.

Cost: FREE * for the first 150 HRPA Members who register. Thereafter, the  cost of this event is $30.00$45.00 for non-HRPA Members and Guests.

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GTA Accountants Network: Misclassification of Workers

Date: January 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Donalda Club, 12 Bushbury Dr. Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2Z7

As a finance professional, a tax practitioner, accountant, lawyer, or anyone else who values professional development and networking, the GTA Accountants  Network invites you to join us at this upcoming event, where Stuart Rudner will be speaking about When a “Contractor” is Really an Employee & Changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program.

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Join Stuart Rudner  and Brittany Taylor online as they discuss some of the challenges for employers operating in a society where marijuana use is likely to become even more commonplace.

This webinar will address a number of distinct issues employers may encounter, including:

  • Identifying the different users of marijuana and the unique legal issues that each type raises;
  • Assessing the duty to accommodate and balancing safety and other concerns;
  • How to respond to employee requests for accommodation of marijuana use;
  • Designing appropriate policies to address drug use and abuse;
  • How to manage cases of suspected marijuana abuse; and
  • How to handle discipline and dismissal relating to marijuana use and abuse.

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Join Stuart Rudner  and Brittany Taylor online as they discuss some of the challenges for employers operating in a society where marijuana use is likely to become even more commonplace.

This webinar will address a number of distinct issues employers may encounter, including:

  • Identifying the different users of marijuana and the unique legal issues that each type raises;
  • Assessing the duty to accommodate and balancing safety and other concerns;
  • How to respond to employee requests for accommodation of marijuana use;
  • Designing appropriate policies to address drug use and abuse;
  • How to manage cases of suspected marijuana abuse; and
  • How to handle discipline and dismissal relating to marijuana use and abuse.

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TECHxpo 2017: Your Practice…Connected

Date: November 9, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events , 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto ON

Discover the newest legal technology and innovation that is reshaping the practice of law. Learn how to incorporate these valuable legal tools into your practice to simplify your workload, maintain your competitive edge in the evolving legal landscape, and safeguard your client data from hackers who are targeting law firms. This annual event is your chance to get exposure to technology that has been designed for the modern law office and mobile lawyers to improve efficiency, thereby boosting profitability.

Ensure you have the technology you need and how to make effective use of the technology you have.

On The Road Again: Mobile Practice

Join Stuart at the 10:15 am session where he will be discussing the tools you can use to work on anything, anywhere anytime. If you are a lawyer who travels often, or a lawyer without an office, find out how to take your office with you wherever you go with the best apps and gadgets for a mobile lawyer.

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What can you do when you find out an employee is a white supremacist or racist and isn’t hiding it?

In recent years, Stuart discussed many situations in which individuals have lost their jobs as a result of off-duty conduct. In one memorable case, an employee of Hydro One was immediately dismissed after a video of him yelling sexually inappropriate comments at a female news reporter went viral (although he was subsequently reinstated after grievance arbitration).

  • So if someone is captured on video chanting racist slogans or supporting racist groups, can he be fired?
  • What if your employee is spreading their offensive message around the workplace?
  • At the other end of the spectrum, what if you discover an employee’s offensive beliefs, but they’re not public nor are they known by others within the organization?

During this webinar, Stuart will address:

  • when off-duty conduct can justify discipline or dismissal
  • how to assess when conduct rises to the level of just cause for dismissal
  • how to update your policies to address off-duty conduct (including on and offline)

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HRPA Northwestern Ontario: Managing Human Rights Claims and Costs

Date: October 27, 2017

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location: Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay

Join Stuart Rudner as he leads this advanced level workshop where participants will leave with the ability to implement a complete approach to prevent and address complicated human rights issues related to various code grounds, including those related to gender identity and transitioning staff members.

Participants will learn strategies to mitigate liability and cost in the event of a claim and how to navigate updated Human Rights Tribunal processes.

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Brittany is presenting at  the HRPA – the Barrie Chapter Conference on October 25th, 2017.

The topic is The Ever-Changing Workplace: Reviewing the Proposed Changes to the ESA and Beyond.

The ‘Ask Andrew’ Show

Date: October 19, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Facebook Live

Stuart Rudner joins Markham family law lawyer, Andrew Feldstein, on the next ‘Ask Andrew’ Show to talk about how separation and divorce can effect employees.

The show runs on Facebook Live and you can ask question by leaving a comment on the Facebook page or send a text to 416-303-8307.

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Job Skills: Beyond the Bottom Line

Date: October 4, 2017

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: The Venetian Banquet & Hospitality Centre, 219 Romina Drive, Vaughan, ON L4K 4V3

Job Skills is pleased to once again offer a Professional Development / Networking opportunity in support of the business community. Beyond the Bottom Line will provide expert advice and information on a range of topics of interest to business owners and their employees.

Employment Law Essentials

Stuart is to participate, from 1:45 pm  to 3:30 pm, on this interactive Q & A workshop/panel which will help you get up to speed on all the latest employment law changes in Ontario including workplace accommodation, hiring and firing of employees, and interpreting Bills 132 & 148.

The one-day Conference features:

  • ‘Infusiastic’ Keynote Address
  • Expert Speakers
  • Dynamic, Informative Workshops
  • Employer of the Year Presentation
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Meals/Refreshments1:45 pm – 3:30 pm