Conference agenda 

Employment law experts from Stringer LLP will cover the following topics:

8:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast and registration

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks – Yosie Saint-Cyr

9:05 a.m.

Landon Young Amanda Boyce

Practical Bill 148 Implementation Pointers
– Landon Young and Amanda Boyce

Bill 148 has introduced the most sweeping changes to Ontario's Employment Standards Act in more than a decade. Understanding the changes, your compliance obligations, and how to practically and strategically comply are essential.

This session will cover:

  • Changes to certain basic standards such as vacation, minimum wage, holidays and leaves of absence;
  • In-force and pending changes to scheduling and call-in pay rules and exemptions;
  • Disclosure obligations and equal pay for equal work issues for your employees and when using agency personnel; and
  • Practical compliance strategies.

10:10 a.m.

Question and answer session

10:30 a.m.

Networking break

10:45 a.m.

Frank Portman

Getting Ready for Legalized Marijuana
– Frank Portman

On or after July 1, 2018 recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada. The government's task force assigned to consider workplace legislation to address the obvious implications has failed to reach consensus. Workplace law has wrestled with these issues for decades, with even the state of the law on unlawful impairment yet to be settled. Is your business ready for legalization? Is Canada?

This session will cover:

  • Your duties to accommodate marijuana use/impairment at work and;
  • How to address health and safety issues raised by medical marijuana; and
  • Practical tips for updating your policies and training.

11:15 a.m.

Jeremy Schwartz

Workplace Harassment Complaints & Investigations: Making it Through the Legal Minefield
– Jeremy Schwartz

Your sales manager has been accused of workplace harassment by a female subordinate. The allegations are serious, but she was on the late stages of a failing performance improvement plan, and you're concerned the complaint was filed defensively. How should you respond?

This session will provide:

  • A concise review of your legal obligations and exposure under common law, contract, human rights and health and safety legislation;
  • Guidance on when to investigate internally or to hire an external investigator, including issues of legal privilege; and
  • Best practices for conducting investigations and how to use the reports effectively and strategically.

11:45 a.m.

Question and answer session

12:20 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 p.m.

Allison Taylor

Best Practices for Employee Discipline and Discharge
– Allison Taylor

Proving you have "just cause" for serious misconduct or performance issues is no simple task. Courts hold employers to a very high standard. Progressive discipline is not just a buzzword – some employees will respond and improve. With other employees, or for more serious offences, termination (with or without cause) may be the best practical and legal option.

This session will review:

  • The latest caselaw on "just cause" terminations for misconduct and performance issues;
  • Practical tips for implementing discipline and performance improvement plans; and
  • How to decide when to cut your losses and terminate, with guidance on how to manage that exit to limit liability and minimize litigation.

2:00 p.m.

Ryan Conlin

The Latest on Occupational Health & Safety Due Diligence
– Ryan Conlin

The law of OH&S due diligence is constantly evolving. Over the last year or two, Canadian courts have issued a number of decisions which shed some light on the level of due diligence required to meet your obligations and successfully defend OH&S prosecutions.

This session will provide:

  • Insight on the latest decisions from the courts and what they mean for employers from a compliance perspective;
  • A concise review of recent legislative amendments that expand legislative application and the timeframe for prosecutions; and
  • Expert tips for ensuring your organization has a robust system of due diligence – and can prove it.

2:30 p.m.

Question and answer session

3:00 p.m.

Networking break

3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

This year you will have an option of attending one of the following three sessions:

Session 1: How to Appeal a Decision at the WSIB or WSIAT: Tips from the Pros

Session 2: Accommodating Employee Disabilities: How to Meet Your Legal Duties Without Disrupting Your Operations

Session 3: The Employment Contract Toolbox: the Latest Updates You Need to Know

4:00 p.m.

Conference closes

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Don't forget your continuing education hours!

This program is approved for 6 HRPA CPD hours. Contact Denise at
1 (800) 750-8175 to
get yours.

This conference qualifies for up to 5.25 hours of human resources law content, which may apply toward substantive CPD hours for lawyers and paralegals. In addition, this program complies with the Quebec requirements for activities automatically recognized as "out-of-province" activities.