HR Issues in the Workplace
Sessions and Speakers:
David Swayze, Meighen Haddad LLP
Session: Help! I can’t keep up! Labour and Employment Law is, like the sands of the Sahara, always shifting. In the last year we have see amendments to the Employment Standards Code, as well as decisions from the Supreme Court which have changed the rights of federally regulated employees to job security. In addition, every employee who is dismissed feels they were treated poorly in the process are entitled to damages for bad faith. David will look at these and other developments in Employment law with a view to providing some clarity and a better understanding of the rights of employers and employees in 2017.
Reis Pagtakhan, Immigration Lawyer, MLT Aikins LLP
Session: Over the last year, the Government of Canada has once again made major changes to the immigration rules for employers. If that is not enough, recent federal court decisions have added to the complications. Some of the new things over the last 12 months include:
- New guidelines on how the government will apply employer compliance rules;
- New rules expediting the entry of French speaking temporary foreign workers to provinces outside Quebec;
- Changes to permanent residency rules which make it easier for temporary foreign workers to immigrate here;
- The implementation of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirements for citizens of visa exempt countries wanting to travel to Canada; and
- New court decisions interpreting the rules to bring in temporary foreign workers
Jamie Alyce Juczak, Partner, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Session: Workplace Safety and Health Update – The Latest and Greatest
What are an employer's obligations to keep an employee safe? What happens when an employer gets it wrong? What is due diligence? What should an employer do when safety laws conflict with other laws? What are the most common mistakes employers make when it comes to safety – and how can I fix them to avoid liability? This presentation will attempt to answer these questions by reviewing the latest and leading cases on the topic of workplace safety, as well as discussing how to balance various other laws, such as human rights, with an employer's safety obligations.
Megan Smith and Kristin Kersey, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP
Session: Human Rights in the Workplace - Legal Update
Megan and Kristin will discuss the latest developments and emerging trends in the law of human rights and accommodation. Topics will include workplace drug and alcohol testing, family status accommodation, accessibility and recent trends in damage awards in human rights cases.