Past Seminars

JUN
25

Workers' Compensation Bootcamp Seminar #3 - The Effect of Workplace Injury Claims on Concurrent Proceedings

June 25, 2019

This is the final session of our three-part series on employer workers' compensation issues.

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MAY
9

Human Capital - Best Practices for Hiring in 2019

May 9, 2019

Adding talented employees to the workforce tops many employers' to-do-lists. But effectively navigating the legalities of the hiring process can require some forethought - especially when it comes to complying with the Human Rights Code.

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APR
23

Incentive Programs: What Employers Need to Know

April 23, 2019

Most businesses use some form of incentive program to motivate employees. Directly linking compensation to performance can often achieve short-term business goals, such as increasing productivity, reducing problematic behaviors, and improving retention and morale. But this approach is not without its problems; in particular, employers need to be aware of the legal ramifications.

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MAR
20

Workers' Compensation Bootcamp Seminar #2 - WSIB Accounts: Analyzing the information and thinking outside the box

March 20, 2019

As the second seminar in our Workers' Compensation Bootcamp series, this session will focus on workers’ compensation account information and how to critically assess whether further efforts can be made to reduce costs.

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FEB
28

Flying Solo: Best Practices for Managing Proceedings Commenced by Self-Represented Litigants

Feb. 28, 2019

An increasing number of current and former employees are choosing to pursue their claims through courts and tribunals as self-represented litigants, without the assistance of legal counsel.

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JAN
31

Workers' Compensation Bootcamp: Seminar #1 WSIB Claims: Active management to achieve actual results

Jan. 31, 2019

Effective management of workers’ compensation claims should be an essential tool in every employer’s kit. It can prevent unnecessary extended absences and surcharges and foster positive employee-relations.

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OCT
23

Cheech and Chong go to Work: Legal Marijuana and Criminal Record Checks

Oct. 23, 2018

With the legalization of marijuana and impending changes to Ontario's regime for criminal record checks, October and November bring important developments for Ontario's workplaces.

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SEP
26

Data Breaches: What Employers Need to Know

Sept. 26, 2018

Employers are required to obtain and retain private, sensitive data, including with respect to their employees. This seminar will focus on what employers should do if the data they have collected is compromised.

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JUN
27

Labour and Employment Challenges for the Small Business

June 27, 2018

Small businesses face unique labour and employment challenges due to limited human resource capacity. These include issues relating to hiring and retaining employees, complying with government regulations and obligations under relevant legislation, and implementing appropriate policies and procedures.

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MAY
30

Assessing Employer Compliance with the Law on Substance Use in the Workplace

May 30, 2018

Maintaining safety in the workplace requires employers to be proactive. Employers must ask the right questions, collaborate with workers, and take every reasonable precaution.

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APR
25

Sharpening our Pencils: Best Practices for Drafting and Terminating Employment Contracts

April 25, 2018

In our April seminar, we will discuss best practices and common pitfalls for employers when entering into, altering and terminating an employment agreement. Seminar attendees will come away with effective strategies for developing and maintaining enforceable employment agreements.

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MAR
28

Attendance Management and Terminations: Tips to Ease Your Stress

March 28, 2018

In our March seminar, we will review the nuanced subject of attendance management and absenteeism.

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FEB
22

Workplace Violence and Harassment: Are Your Policies and Programs Compliant?

Feb. 22, 2018

Do your workplace violence and harassment policies and programs meet the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and are they equipped to deal with practical challenges that may arise?

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JAN
11

Bill 148 Update: What does it mean for unionized workplaces?

Jan. 11, 2018

Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, is now law. In our January seminar, we will review the ways in which Bill 148 amends the Labour Relations Act, 1995.

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DEC
7

Bill 148 Update: Impact on the Employment Standards Act, 2000

Dec. 7, 2017

In 2015, the Ontario Government retained two special advisors to carry out a review of employment and labour standards legislation.

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NOV
30

WSIB Claims for Chronic Mental Stress: Are you Ready to Respond?

Nov. 30, 2017

As of January 1, 2018, workers will be entitled to claim benefits under the WSIB’s insurance plan for chronic mental stress arising out of, and in the course of, their employment.

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OCT
25

Bill 132: How is your organization faring one year on?

Oct. 25, 2017

Bill 132, also known as the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016, came into force on September 8, 2016.

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SEP
25

Managing Employee Terminations

Sept. 25, 2017

You’ve made the difficult decision to terminate an employee’s employment. What’s next? Managing employee terminations can be tricky, as the process is often upsetting for both parties.

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JUN
14

The Changing Workplaces Review

June 14, 2017

Sweeping changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws were recommended in the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, which the Ontario Government released on May 23, 2017.

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MAY
25

Substance Abuse and Drug & Alcohol Testing

May 25, 2017

Substance abuse in the workplace engages a variety of complex concerns, interests and obligations. Policies, programs, and methods for drug and alcohol testing must be carefully designed to ensure that competing rights and interests are balanced and protected.

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APR
27

Practical Tips for Drafting Employment Contracts

April 27, 2017

An employment contract is a unique agreement. In setting out the rights, duties and obligations of both employer and employee, it is more than an agreement to provide work for remuneration. And it exists even if the parties have not executed a written document.

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MAR
30

Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario

March 30, 2017

A proactive approach is the key to maintaining safety in the workplace. That approach requires employers to make inquiries, collaborate with workers, and take every reasonable precaution.

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FEB
16

Best Practices in Disability Management

Feb. 16, 2017

It is well-known that Ontario employers deal with complex duties and obligations when managing an employee with a disability. An employer’s failure to properly manage employees with disabilities may result in a number of potential liabilities, including grievances, civil actions, and complaints made pursuant to human rights legislation.

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JAN
25

Mental Health and the Workplace

Jan. 25, 2017

Mental health is an issue that impacts every workplace in Canada. Mental illness can lead to numerous workplace challenges including absenteeism and health and safety risks.

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