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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 https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3998064376357176322. 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 brandwarrior@thebridggroup.ca

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.

Hacking HR

Date: November 28, 2019

More details to come.

The Talent Company: Top of Mind *Private* (second session)

Date: November 26, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W

Information Series for HR Leaders Fall 2019 (two identical sessions)

Performance Management: The Art & Law of Giving Feedback

Facilitated by: Stuart Rudner, Founder of Rudner Law

Ranya El-Farnawani, Practice Lead at The Talent Company

A manager wants to terminate an employee who is a “chronic under performer” and feels they have provided ample feedback, however, when you speak to the employee, they think they are performing well. Your Employment Lawyer asks to see the file and explains that your options are limited. In this session, we will discuss the importance of giving feedback from a legal and talent management perspective. Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the legal and talent management consequences of not managing performance properly
  • Learn best practices for documenting performance concerns
  • Practice techniques for providing both positive and constructive feedback
  • Discuss strategies for influencing managers on the importance of providing feedback

The Talent Company: Top of Mind *Private*

Date: November 22, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: 6860 Century Ave, Ste 203 - The Talent Company Office, Mississauga

Information Series for HR Leaders Fall 2019 (two sessions)

Performance Management: The Art & Law of Giving Feedback

Facilitated by: Stuart Rudner, Founder of Rudner Law

Ranya El-Farnawani, Practice Lead at The Talent Company

A manager wants to terminate an employee who is a “chronic under performer” and feels they have provided ample feedback, however, when you speak to the employee, they think they are performing well. Your Employment Lawyer asks to see the file and explains that your options are limited. In this session, we will discuss the importance of giving feedback from a legal and talent management perspective. Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the legal and talent management consequences of not managing performance properly
  • Learn best practices for documenting performance concerns
  • Practice techniques for providing both positive and constructive feedback
  • Discuss strategies for influencing managers on the importance of providing feedback

Brant Human Resources Network

Date: November 21, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre, 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford, ON, N3R 7J4

Stuart Rudner Employment Lawyer and Mediator: Social Media and the impact on the employment relationship, both directly and indirectly, including latest trends and watch outs for employers and employees.

Ontario Bar Association – ADR Section

Date: November 19, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: OBA Conference Centre, 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON, M5C 2B8

Stuart will speak at this program.

Ahead of the Curve: Establishing a Mediation Practice in High Growth Areas

As demands for cost-effective and time-efficient access to justice increase, so too does the need for mediators with substantive and process expertise. Savvy mediators have long known this and established their market presence in conventional areas of law. If you are considering establishing or expanding a dispute resolution practice, where do you find your niche? Attend this essential program to learn from our faculty as they share their insights on building a mediation practice in three high-growth areas: estates and elder care, family business, and workplace law, as well as navigating key professionalism issues associated with growing the business. Join us to learn how to establish your foothold in the mediation field or to diversify your current practice. Register now to secure your spot.