Annual Firm Seminar – 2014

The 2014 program focused on recent important developments in the field of labour and employment law, with an emphasis on practical and proactive management advice.

Our Keynote Speaker was Mr. Jim Leech, Retired President and CEO, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and Chancellor-designate, Queen’s University.  Mr. Leech is author of The Third Rail:  Confronting Our Pension Failures.  Mr. Leech discussed the status of our pension system and how the findings from The Third Rail can be applied to enhance retirement security.

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To view video of the seminar presentations, click HERE.

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2014 PROGRAM

9:00 – 9:05 Opening Remarks Ron LeClair
Key Note Address
9:05 – 9:50 The Third Rail:  Confronting Our Pension Failures Jim Leech
Hot Topics and Practical Advice
9:50 – 10:05 Those Kooky Courts – A Non-Union Year in Review Jonathan Dye
10:05 – 10:25 That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger:  Proposed Changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 Jane Gooding
10:25 – 10:45 Occupational Health and Safety Act Update:  Are You Compliant With the New Legislative Requirements? Carl Peterson
10:45 – 11:05 Coffee Break
11:05 – 11:30 Performance Management:  The Goldilocks Principle Paula Pettit and Jamie Knight
11:30 – 11:50 Adult Supervision?:  Government Intervention in Broader Public Sector Bargaining and Grievance Resolution Peter Thorup
11:50 – 12:05 Parents 2 – Employers 0:  Two New Cases on Family Status Discrimination Melanie McNaught
Fast-Talking Lawyers:
Key Labour and Employment Law Developments
12:05 – 12:40 (i)  Employers Gone Wild:  Tribunal Finds Exploitation of Employee with Developmental Disability Russell Groves
(ii)  Too Poor To Pay:  Employer’s Financial Circumstances Leads to Reduced Notice Period Meaghen Russell
(iii)  Shut Up or Pay Up:  Enforcing Confidentiality Provisions in Settlements Brian MacDonald
(iv)  New Protections under the Human Rights Code Casey Dockendorff