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Events Featuring Rudner MacDonald LLP

PREVIOUS EVENTS

October 20, 2016

2016 HRPA HR Law Conference: Celebrating 25 Years!

On October 20th, 2016 Stuart will co-present a Senior Lawyer Panel at the 2016 HRPA HR Law Conference. Find details and register on the HRPA website here.

October 20, 2016

Safe Work Summit: Bill 132 – Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act

Natalie will be a keynote speaker at the 6th Safe Work Summit on October 20th in Niagara Falls. Learn more here.

October 25, 2016

Newmarket Library: IdeaMarket

Join Natalie and Stuart for Newmarket Public Library’s IdeaMarket event, where they will be speaking on the rise of precarious employment.

For details, please contact Gordon Smith, Manager, Media Relations and Communications , Ontario Bar Association.

Tele: 416-869-1047 ext. 364 | Toll free: 1-800-668-8900
Email: gsmith@oba.org 

November 2, 2016

OBA: What’s New in Employment Law – Remedies at the Human Rights Tribunal

On November 2nd, Richa Sandill co-chaired “What’s New in Employment Law: Remedies at the Human Rights Tribunal”. This was a joint session of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and L&E sections.

November 3, 2016

Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: What to do when your CEO goes rogue?

Join Natalie and Stuart for this video-based Q&A on Thursday, November 3rd. This month’s discussion centres around what to do when your CEO goes off the rails, creates mayhem, and nothing you do stops the downward spiral.

This question is on the minds of many, as the world looks to American politics and the fact that the Republican Party can’t control its nominee – Donald Trump. In fact, many have accused Trump of tearing the party apart.

Lululemon Athletica Inc. former CEO Chip Wilson is known for making critical statements regarding the company he founded. Canadian Dov Charney, former CEO of American Apparel, has been involved in sexual harassment lawsuits involving former employees. He was fired form the company in 2014.
We invite you to send us questions in advance by emailing socialmedia@rudnermacdonald.com or by tweeting with the hashtag #RMHangout.

The session will run for approximately 30 minutes. Please register for free to receive participation instructions.

November 9, 2016

OBA TECHxpo: Time Management and Productivity Apps, Tips and Tricks

On Wednesday, November 9th at 11:30am Stuart will be presenting at the Ontario Bar Association TECHxpo conference on Time Management and Productivity Apps, Tips and Tricks.

Find more details and register here.

December 1, 2016

LinkedIn Q&A: Statutory Holidays in Ontario

As the holiday season approaches, confusion often arises regarding statutory holidays, vacation time, and other time off.

Can employers shut down for the holidays and make employees use their sick days? Are new employees entitled to statutory holidays? If an employer stays open on statutory holidays, can they force employees to work?

Join Natalie and Stuart for a LinkedIn Q&A as they address these issues and more.

This is a free session available to anyone with a LinkedIn account. The session will run for approximately 30 minutes on the Rudner MacDonald LinkedIn page.

Submit your questions during the session, or in advance by emailing socialmedia@rudnermacdonald.com or tweeting with the hashtag #RMLinkedIn.

Please register for free to receive participation instructions.

January 12, 2017

Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: Managing Performance Issues & Absenteeism

Join Natalie and Stuart for this video-based Q&A on Thursday, January 12th. This month’s discussion centres around managing attendance and absenteeism.

Most employers want to flexible, but it can be hard to run a business when you don’t know who will show up for work. Do you have to give employees paid sick days? Can you require doctor’s notes? What about the employee who always seems to be “sick” on the Friday before a long weekend? Or the employee that brings in a note saying that they will be off work for an extended period for “medical reasons”; can you request more information? Do privacy laws prevent you from seeking appropriate medical documentation? Attendance management is vital. We will discuss attendance and absence policies, the importance of record-keeping, legal obligations, and when discipline can be imposed for absences.

We invite you to send us questions in advance by emailing socialmedia@rudnermacdonald.com or by tweeting with the hashtag #RMHangout.

The session will run for approximately 30 minutes.

Please register for free to receive participation instructions.

January 13, 2017

HRPA North Bay: Harassment in the Workplace

Join Stuart on January 13th in North Bay for a talk on harassment in the workplace. For more information, contact:

Su-Min Teh
Specialist, Professional Development
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
steh@hrpa.ca

 

January 17, 2017

High Times in HR: The Duty to Accommodate in the Age of Marijuana, Transgender and Daycare

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High Times in HR: The Duty to Accommodate in the Age of Marijuana, Transgender and Daycare 

Human rights legislation continues to expand its reach and employers are sometimes surprised by the nature of situations that require accommodation. The worst thing employers can do is reject a request for accommodation out of hand. What do you do if:
• A truck driver advises that he has a prescription for medical marijuana;
• One of your employees requests a change of hours so that they can pick their children up from daycare; or
• You have an employee that identifies as female, although they are biologically male, and asks to use the female washroom?

In this session, we will discuss…
The evolving protections afforded by human rights legislation, the duty to accommodate to the point of “undue hardship” and best practices for responding to accommodation requests.

Cost: FREE * for the first 150 HRPA Members who register. Thereafter, the cost of this event is $30.00; $45.00for non-HRPA Members and Guests.

The Richmond Hill Country Club is located on the east side of Bathurst St., north of Highway 7, south of Rutherford Road. entrance is at a traffic light directly across the overhead street sign “Ner Israel” (not the same entrance as Golf Club).

January 31, 2017

HRPA 2017 Annual Conference

Stuart will be speaking with Dan McGarry on February 1st at 1:00 pm on Avoiding Liability: How to Protect your Organization from Costly Common Employment Related Mistakes.

For more information, visit the HRPA conference website.

February 2, 2017

LinkedIn Q&A: Responding to Requests for Accommodation

The workplace is no longer what it used to be, and the circumstances that an employer must accommodate continue to expand. Be it childcare arrangements, medicinal marijuana,  or transgender needs, human rights continue to impact the workplace. It is now more critical than ever to understand the meaning of the duty to accommodate, the numerous manners in which it can manifest itself, and how to respond to requests without exposing your organization to liability.

Rudner MacDonald LLP invites all those interested in learning more about their rights, as well as their obligations, in this new age of accommodation. We will discuss how to accommodate needs under a variety of Ontario Human Rights Code grounds, ranging from disability, to family status, to gender identity and expression, and beyond.

This is a free session available to anyone with a LinkedIn account. The session will run for approximately 30 minutes on the Rudner MacDonald LinkedIn page.

Submit your questions during the session, or in advance by emailing socialmedia@rudnermacdonald.com or tweeting with the hashtag #RMLinkedIn.

Register for free to receive participation instructions.

February 4, 2017

2017 Canadian Bar Association (New Brunswick Chapter): Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Stuart will be speaking in Fredricton, NB at the Canadian Bar Association New Brunswick chapter, on medical marijuana in the workplace. Stay tuned for more details.

March 2, 2017

Hangout with Rudner MacDonald: Assessing Notice Periods and Severance Obligations

When it comes to dismissals, there is no shortage of questions.

How much “severance” are you entitled to? Can the employer provide working notice? Is the employee entitled to anything more than the applicable employment standards legislation? What is “just cause” for dismissal? What is the difference between “termination pay”, “severance pay”, “reasonable notice”, and “severance”? Is there a difference between being “fired”, “let go”, “dismissed”, etc.?

When employers get it wrong, they expose themselves to liability. And when employees do, they often fail to enforce their rights and receive what they are entitled to. Employment Standards legislation is only one small aspect of employment law. Abiding by the terms of the legislation does not mean that all rights and obligations have been fulfilled. Furthermore, the Ministry of Labour will only advise you on the legislation, which means that their advice does not cover the common law, Human Rights, and all other laws which may apply and impact their rights and obligations of the parties substantially.

Join Rudner MacDonald LLP in our next Google Hangout to discuss the nuts and bolts of dismissal, including how to calculate notice and severance obligations, what “just cause” means, and what happens when you get it wrong.

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