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January 2020

2019 Employment Law Year End Wrap Up

22 January @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

As an executive, corporate counsel, human resources practitioner or other professional responsible for human resources within your organization, it is important to keep abreast of legal issues affecting the workplace, but it is often difficult to find the time to dedicate to remaining current. In this fast-paced breakfast seminar, our lawyers will summarize for you the most important employment law and legislative developments from 2019.  These short summaries will provide you with a bottom line analysis of the implications of…

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March 2020

Managing the Duty to Accommodate: A Practical Guide

24 March @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Many employers understand the principles of the duty to accommodate under human rights legislation but find that applying those principles in practice can be complex. Navigating the accommodation process can be difficult for employers who are also addressing other issues with an employee, such as absenteeism or performance management. It can also be challenging for an employer to know when termination is an appropriate course of action. Join Raquel Chisholm and Carolyn Dunlop as they host a practical discussion about…

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April 2020

Emond Harnden launches new COVID-19 weekly webinar series

9 April @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

In the midst of the global upheaval caused by COVID-19, employers have to make pressing decisions with respect to the management of their workforce without necessarily having the opportunity to thoroughly consider all of the options available or their possible legal implications. To help employers navigate the speed, frequency and complexity of the ongoing labour and employment law developments, Emond Harnden is pleased to announce that it is launching a new complimentary COVID-19 Weekly Webinar Series dedicated to COVID-19 issues…

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CERB and wage subsidy: where are we at?

16 April @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

On March 18, 2020, the federal government announced several economic measures to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including income support measures for employees and a wage subsidy program to support businesses. Since then, details and changes to both programs have been announced gradually, leading to confusion amongst employers and employees alike. Even as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) launched last week, and the wage subsidy program was legislated over the weekend, we know many are still…

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My employee refuses to work until the pandemic is over – what can I do?

23 April @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

While many organizations have moved to implement remote work arrangements as a result of the pandemic, not all jobs can be performed remotely, and employees providing essential services are still required to attend their workplace every day. Fear of contamination by COVID-19 and the reported shortage of PPE have led to a growing number of instances where these employees are refusing to work. With limited exceptions, employees have a legal right to refuse unsafe work. Employee work refusals further challenge…

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Effectively managing a remote workforce

30 April @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

With the closure of all non-essential workplaces and the current recommendations for physical distancing, remote work has become the only option for many businesses to continue some or all their operations during the pandemic. While remote work arrangements can be very successful, they usually require planning and a clear framework for all parties involved. However, in the circumstances of the pandemic, many employers have had to quickly implement remote work arrangements for the first time, without the benefit of having…

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May 2020

Navigating leaves during the pandemic

7 May @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on Canadian workplaces. For the past two months, many employees have had to stay home to manage the effects of the pandemic on their family and personal circumstances. Leaves specifically designed to address pandemic-related needs have been introduced under both the Ontario Employment Standards Act and the federal Canada Labour Code, and existing leaves have been amended to provide more flexibility to employees. It can be expected that employees…

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Return to Work Considerations

21 May @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

With the release by the Ontario Government of its framework for reopening the province as well as new sector-specific workplace safety guidelines, businesses are now turning their minds to reopening their place of business or restarting their activities. But many are wondering when and how to do so in the context of the current pandemic. How does it affect your rights and obligations as an employer? What steps can you take to prepare your employees’ return to work and ensure…

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June 2020

What Employers Need to Know About Ontario’s New Regulation Addressing the Temporary Layoff and Deemed Termination Dilemma During COVID-19

4 June @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Following the general decline in business for most organizations and the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, many employers have had to temporarily layoff some or even all of their workforce. Employers have been growing increasingly concerned about exceeding the looming 13-week threshold that triggers (in many cases) the deemed termination provisions under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) and the associated financial liability. Ontario has introduced a novel approach to address the temporary layoff dilemma by providing temporary relief…

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The Human Rights Side of the Pandemic

18 June @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

The swiftness of the pandemic of COVID-19 has focused our attention on measures to stop the spread and protect workers ands citizens around the world. But it should be remembered that human rights legislation remains at play. While governments and businesses have been called by public health authorities to respond to the pandemic with unprecedented measures, such measures often raised human rights concerns. This is all the more true now that organizations prepare to gradually reopen. Employers need to be…

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