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Events Featuring Rudner MacDonald LLP


March 23, 2017

Osgoode Certificate: HR Law for HR Professionals

More than ever before, HR professionals need a solid understanding of the many laws and procedures governing the employment relationship and the legal risks that can arise in the workplace. Failure to follow the rules and to anticipate and properly manage risk can result in serious financial and reputational damage for an organization, its board, managers, supervisors and others. You need to know what to do and when.

Natalie and Stuart direct this Osgoode professional development course this March and April.

View the full program

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April 6, 2017

LinkedIn Q&A: How to Enforce Your Employment Rights & What Happens if There is Reprisal

Challenging illegal practices in a workplace is a difficult task. Employees often feel vulnerable, or may not even understand the full extent of the rights available to them.

Employment in Canada is governed by a number of pieces of legislation, including the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Employees should not face any retaliation for enforcing their rights under these statutes. Join this LinkedIn Q&A to learn how to enforce your rights and what to do if you are threatened or penalized for protecting your legal rights.

Natalie and Stuart will host this LinkedIn Q&A on Thursday, April 6th. 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.

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April 19, 2017

OBA Pathways to Power: Female Founders

Natalie will be a panelist at the Ontario Bar Association’s Pathways to Power: Female Founders on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.

April 23, 2017

Natalie Speaking at O’CannaBiz Conference & Expo

On Sunday, April 23rd, Natalie will be speaking at the O’CannaBiz Conference & Expo. See the program details here.

May 4, 2017

PEI Occupational Health and Safety Conference: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

On May 4, 2017, Stuart will be speaking at the PEI Occupational Health and Safety Conference at Charlottetown Convention Centre on medical marijuana in the workplace.

May 4, 2017

Google Hangout: Weed in the Workplace – Helping You Avoid “Pot” Holes

After months of speculation and consultations, the Federal government announced last week their firm intention and legislation plan to legalize recreational marijuana use by July 1, 2018. While medical use of marijuana has been legal for a few years now, this additional category of marijuana users means that employers will likely have to learn more about the drug, the different types of users, and whether each type of user needs to be accommodated under human rights legislation.

Join Rudner MacDonald on Thursday, May 4th for a Google Hangout session to have your questions answered regarding medical marijuana and the legalization of it, and how it will impact your workplace. Learn what employers are entitled to ask from an employee in the event of accommodation requests, how medical marijuana and addictions may need to be accommodated, whether self-prescribed and recreational users should be accommodated, and how to adapt your workplace to these fast-changing times.

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Submit your questions during the session, or in advance by emailing

Read more about this topic on our blog, here.

May 17, 2017

Workforce Synergies: Barrie HR Chapter

Join Stuart for Workforce Synergies’ Barrie HR Chapter Meeting on May 17, 2017. Topic TBD.

For information, please contact Rod Cotton at

May 25, 2017

HRPA Peel HR Law Update: Off-Duty Conduct

Join Rudner MacDonald Associate Cody Yorke for HRPA Peel Chapter’s HR Law Update: Off-Duty Conduct. Register Online.

Peel: 05.25.17 ABM and HR Law Update: Off-Duty Conduct

Date and Time

Starts:05/25/2017 5:30 PM
Ends:05/25/2017 8:30 PM

Event Type

Meeting – Dinner


BraeBen Golf Course
5700 Terry Fox Way
Mississauga, ON


Members: Complimentary | Non-Member: $60

Peel: 05.25.17 ABM and HR Law Update: Off-Duty Conduct

Please join us for a brief overview of our year and an update from HRPA. We will also have a fantastic dinner and HR Law presentation on Off-Duty Conduct with Cody Yorke, Associate at Rudner MacDonald.

Overview of Session:
– What is off-duty conduct
– Concerns associated with off-duty conduct
– Employer rights to manage off-duty conduct and limits on those rights
– How to address potential off-duty conduct before it arises and for to deal with it when it does

Learning outcomes:
– What rights employers have to control of monitor employees; off-duty conduct
– How employers can set expectations and guidelines for employees regarding off-duty conduct
– When off-duty conduct can warrant discipline
– What types of discipline can be appropriate in regard to off-duty conduct

May 29, 2017

Interuniversity (ISI) Employee Benefits Committee: Terminations 101: What Employers Need to Know

Stuart will be presenting in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 29th, 2017 at the Interuniversity (ISI) Employee Benefits Committee on Terminations 101: What Employers Need to Know.

June 1, 2017

LinkedIn Q&A: Misclassification of Workers

It has become all too common for individuals to be paid as “contractors”, when the reality is that they are employees in all but name. This creates risks for all parties.

Join Rudner MacDonald on Thursday, June 1st for a LinkedIn Q&A to learn how to avoid these pitfalls, how to ensure employees and contractors are not treated alike, and to discuss recent legal developments and issues in this area.

Registration is free and this session is available to anyone with a LinkedIn account.

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June 8, 2017

LSUC Solo & Small Firm Conference

On June 8th, 2017, Stuart will be speaking at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Solo and Small Firm Conference on Building your Team: the Employee Relationship from Hiring to Firing.

Topics Include:

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Hiring students, staff, associates
  • Social media policies
  • How to interview
  • How to progressively discipline-best practices
  • Importance of keeping employee records
  • Human rights and complaints

See additional details and register here.

June 13, 2017

HRPA Toronto LegalEase: Family Status Accommodation

On June 13th, Stuart will be presenting at HRPA Toronto’s LegalEase event on Family Status Accommodation.

The presentation is scheduled for 8-10am (sign in beginning at 7:30am) on June 13, 2017 and will be held at 25 York St, Toronto, ON.

June 14, 2017

Employment Law Seminar: Newmarket Public Library

Employment Law Seminar led by Stuart Rudner

Date: Wednesday, June 14
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: Free

Aurora Public Library, Magna Room
15145 Yonge Street,
Aurora, ON L4G 1M1

June 15, 2017

HRPA Durham Chapter Webinar: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Join Stuart as he discusses some of the challenges associated with accommodating medical marijuana in the workplace. Stuart will address the distinct issues employers may encounter, including the duty to accommodate, the relevance of safety concerns and other bona fide occupational requirements, the use of policies, and how to address potential abuse.