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Beyond The Bubble of COVID-19: The New Normal…

Date: May 28, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As organizations in Ontario prepare to reopen for business, there is plenty for employers across all sectors, to be thinking about and considering before employees return to their places of work.  In light of COVID-19 and all that is now associated with how we’re expected to live and work through the foreseeable future, it’s critical that employers thoughtfully plan for the new normal.

With certainty, we know it cannot be business as usual!  

So, what does this mean for your organization? What does this mean for the work your employees will do? What does this mean for the specific employees who will do the work?  What does this mean for the environment within which your employees will work? And, what does this mean for your stakeholders?

Have more questions than answers?

Join us on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 11:00am to Noon, for a complimentary and informative conversation with our panel of experts to learn more about what you need to be thinking about and doing before you open your doors!

Moderated by Veronica Utton – Managing Director, V. Utton & Associates, you’ll hear from:

Space is limited. Register to reserve your spot in our Zoom Room today!  After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details to join the meeting.  


All employment relationships are governed by a legal contract. Before making any decisions that will impact the legal relationship, it is critical that you understand the legal implications. Why would you proceed based upon assumptions and misinformation?

We are navigating unprecedented circumstances, and many businesses are struggling. Can an employer lay off employees or reduce hours? Do you know what severances employees are entitled to? What are you discovering about your Employment Contracts, that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, that you wish you knew before COVID?

Join this session in which we will address these critical considerations and many more. This will help you to make informed decisions that affect your business.

Please join Charlene Bergman, Managing Director of Farber’s Interim Management & Executive Search practice, along with Stuart Rudner, founder of Rudner Law, one of the top 3 Employment and Labour Boutiques in Canada.

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Webinar from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. EDT

Where: This is an online session.
The event URL will be provided upon registration.

Contact Charlene Bergman or Stuart Rudner

The COVID-19 virus has impacted almost every aspect of our lives on a global level. Among other things, it has devastated the economy, forced some businesses to close entirely and caused many more to experience a dramatic drop in revenue. Businesses are struggling and employees are scared, and our governments are all introducing measures to help shift the financial burden and allow businesses to stay afloat.

Stuart Rudner (Employment Lawyer and Mediator) and Nadia Zaman (Employment Lawyer) of Rudner Law will discuss the programs and assistance available to employers as they seek to reduce labour costs, the risks of options like layoffs and wage reductions, and the requirement to maintain a safe work environment.

Ultimately, they want to ensure that everyone is making informed decisions.

During the course of the discussion, Nadia and Stuart will answer questions such as:

• What is the risk to laying off employees?
• How does the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy work and who qualifies?
• How do all of the different programs like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, inter-relate?
• What if an employee refuses to come to work?
• Can you reduce an employee’s hours, and how does the Work Sharing Program work?

They will also address common misconceptions, such as the notion that employers can unilaterally lay employees off at any time.

While we navigate through these uncertain times and practice social distancing for the time being we have decided to connect our community of Entrepreneurs through our #TECONF Conference Virtual Series.


Employment Law Update: COVID-19 – What you Need to Know with Stuart Rudner

by Deborah Nixon

Stu Rudner will be joining me to answer your Employment Law questions about returning to work and the law around creating a healthy and safe workplace. Stu joined us early in the Covid journey and he is back to help us navigate this next stage.

HRPA: ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA)

Date: May 20, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Ask a lawyer your questions about COVID-19 and its impacts on the workplace.

In response to the many questions being asked on our All User Forum, the HRPA will be hosting a ‘Ask Me Anything’ session in partnership with Rudner Law for members of this community. We will be answering your questions and addressing a variety of topics related to COVID-19 and the workplace challenges you might be facing, whether you continue to operate as an essential business or have temporarily ceased operations voluntarily or according to a government-mandated shutdown.

  • What new supports have been developed, or are in development, since the beginning of April to assist employers to manage the COVID-19 crisis?
  • What options are available to employers to reduce their labour costs?
  • What should an employer be doing to plan for the future in the short-term, mid-term and long-term in the face of the COVID-19 crisis?

How are you and your organization navigating this new uncertain world of work? What role are you playing to supporting your organization’s transition?

Join us for the Hacking HR Toronto Chapter’s Spring Forum as we dive into supporting the legal, mental and operational state of an organization in transition.

Stuart Rudner highlights key challenges Human Resources professionals are grappling with during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session includes the opportunity to put your questions to Stuart.

Richmond Hill Board of Trade – Mid Morning Mentors

Date: May 7, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Webinar

Webinar on Virtual Networking