Conference agenda  

You'll find all the top issues employers in Ontario are facing on the agenda for this year's Employment Law Conference. As always, we'll make sure you Learn the Latest® and leave ready to manage your workforce and workplace.

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.

Allison Taylor

Employment Contracts: The Latest on Termination Clauses
– Allison Taylor

The last year has been marked by more substantial developments in the law governing termination clauses. The session will cover the latest and how you can protect your organization by using and monitoring termination clauses.

Among the topics covered will be:

  • When a termination clause must explicitly mention benefit continuation;
  • The impact of provisions that allow notice to be provided as working notice or lump sum; and
  • What happens when a new contract without an enforceable termination clause overrides a prior contract with a valid termination clause?

9:45 a.m.

Ryan Conlin

Getting Ready for Major Changes to the WSIB Rate Framework
– Ryan Conlin

The WSIB is getting ready for a seismic shift in its approach to premiums. Employers around Ontario must be prepared for this new reality and the changes that come with it.

This session will cover:

  • How premiums will be determined under the new system;
  • What the transition period will look like; and
  • How employers can seek to reduce their rates in the new system.

10:30 a.m.

Networking break

10:50 a.m.

Jeremy Schwartz

Review of the Latest Changes to Employment Standards
– Jeremy Schwartz

The last year has been a chaotic one in respect of employment standards. Big changes in 2017 were rolled back, and new provisions are in the works.

This session will cover:

  • Which changes have been repealed by Bill 47, and which remain;
  • The new provisions dealing with personal leaves under the ESA; and
  • Anticipated changes to overtime averaging and hours of work agreements.

11:20 a.m.

Update on Business Immigration for Employers
– Naseem Malik

Learn the latest on the nuances of business immigration for employers.

11:30 a.m.

Question and answer session

11:50 a.m.

PolicyProPlus Demo

12 noon

Lunch

1:15 p.m.

Landon Young

The Latest on Accommodation of Mental Health Disabilities
– Landon Young

Employers have become used to accommodating physical disabilities in their workforces. However, with increased societal awareness of mental health disabilities, accommodation of employees suffering from such issues has taken a central position in workplace management.

This session will cover:

  • Dealing with performance and attendance issues when mental health is at play;
  • The duty to inquire; and
  • Securing the medical information you need to fulfill the duty to accommodate.

2:00 p.m.

Frank Portman

Marijuana and the Workplace: One Year Later
– Frank Portman

One of the hottest topics leading into 2018 was the legalization of recreational marijuana use. Employers have now been working in this new paradigm for a year, and many valuable lessons have been learned.

This session will cover:

  • Health and safety issues related to marijuana use in the workplace;
  • The intersection of human rights legislation and legalization; and
  • How to use policies to protect your organization from liability while enforcing restrictions on marijuana.

2:30 p.m.

Question and answer session

3:10 p.m.

Networking break

3:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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

Session 1: Workplace Investigations 101
– Jeremy Schwartz & Ryan Conlin

This session will cover issues in the ever-growing field of workplace investigations, including:

  • When is the legal duty to investigate triggered?
  • Scaling the scope of an investigation to the allegations
  • How to conduct a witness interview
  • When to engage an outside investigator

Session 2: Attendance Management: Tips and Traps
– Landon Young & Allison Taylor

This session will cover the essentials that every employer needs to know about dealing with employees with problematic attendance, including:

  • Navigating human rights duties
  • Dealing with leaves under the Employment Standards Act
  • When absenteeism amounts to just cause
  • Distinguishing between culpable and non-culpable absenteeism

Session 3: High-Risk Employee Terminations: How To Avoid Getting Burnt
– Jeffrey D.A. Murray and Amanda Boyce

This session will cover strategies employers can use to reduce their exposure to liabilities for many of the highest-risk types of employee terminations, including:

  • Terminations for just cause
  • Terminations of employees with disabilities
  • Terminations in the context of a union organizing campaign

4:15 p.m.

Conference closes

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