Seminars

Employment Law 101
Employment Law 101September 30, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateSeptember 30, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

Employers are frequently faced with difficult employment issues from hiring to terminating "problem" employees.In our introductory seminar, Harris lawyers Lana Tsang and Brad Cocke will review the fundamentals of employment law and provide practical tips to address all facets of the non-union employment relationship including:

  • Hiring employees
    • Tips and pitfalls
    • The value of written employment contracts
    • Restrictive covenants - worth the paper
  • Managing employees
    • Employment Standards Act - things employers need to consider
    • Probationary periods
    • Discipline and suspensions
    • Avoiding constructive dismissal claims
  • Effective terminations
    • Just Cause terminations
    • Without Cause terminations
    • Structuring proper severance packages

This seminar is particularly suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.

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FIPPA, Public Sector Privacy and Access to Information
FIPPA, Public Sector Privacy and Access to InformationOctober 14, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateOctober 14, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:00PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

Privacy and access to information present increasingly challenging issues for public bodies. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) is a complex piece of legislation which can be difficult to navigate.

During the seminar, Suzanne Kennedy will review the fundamentals of the FIPPA, including:

  • Overview of the statutory regime
    • Core privacy principles
    • Core access principles
    • Oversight and the OIPC
  • Privacy compliance issues
    • Employee monitoring (video surveillance, GPS, keystroke logging, etc.)
    • Restrictions on cross-border storage and access of personal information
  • Mandatory privacy impact assessments
  • Access to information challenges
    • Investigation report
    • Advice and recommendation
    • The problem applicant
  • Practical tips for managing complaints and requests for review
  • Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation - Overview and update

This introductory seminar is suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.

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First Nations Employment Conference
First Nations Employment ConferenceOctober 20, 2016 | Permalink
TypeConference
DateOctober 20, 2016
Time9:00AM - 4:00PM
PlacePrince George Native Friendship Centre, Gathering Place, Circle of Unity Room, 1600 - 3rd Avenue, Prince George, BC
Cost$300 plus GST per person. Group rates available.
IncludesSeminar materials, continental breakfast, and lunch

Harris is pleased to hold our First Nations Employment Conference in Prince George. 

This session is offered to HR Managers, Band Administrators, Department Managers, and members of Council and will cover topics specific to First Nations employers. 


Human Rights in the First Nation Workplace

  • Overview of the human rights legislation that applies to First Nations workplaces.
  • Discussion of the ‘duty to accommodate’ and how to deal with specific disabilities such as addiction.

Canada Labour Code Unjust Dismissal Claims: New Supreme Court of Canada Decision

  • Overview of the unjust dismissal provisions under the Canada Labour Code.
  • How the recent decision on the ability of federally regulated organizations to terminate employees without cause impacts your workplace.

Minimizing Liability Arising from Dismissals

  • What are the different sources of liability that can arise from a dismissal, and what steps can you take to minimize your potential liability?

Social Media in the Workplace

  • What are the various issues that can arise in the workplace as a result of the use of social media?
  • What constitutes 'private' information?
  • How to establish internal policies to effectively deal with social media in your workplace.

Bullying and Harassment

  • Overview of WorkSafe BC’s bullying and harassment legislation.
  • How to effectively deal with bullying and harassment incidents that arise in your workplace.

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BC PIPA, Private Sector Privacy and Access to Information
BC PIPA, Private Sector Privacy and Access to InformationOctober 21, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateOctober 21, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:00PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

Managing privacy and access to information requests are increasingly challenging issues for private sector organizations. Recognition of privacy rights by courts and tribunals, and the emergence of a privacy tort in Canada have raised the stakes in privacy compliance.

During this introductory seminar, Suzanne Kennedy will review the fundamentals of the private sector privacy regime under the BC Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).

  • Overview of the statutory regime
    • Core privacy principles
    • Core access principles
    • Employee monitoring (video surveillance, GPS, keystroke logging, etc.)
    • Employee background checks
    • Employee access requests
    • Privacy policies
    • Notifications and consents
    • Breach management
    • Privacy impact assessments
    • Overview and update
    • Jones v. Tsige and the emerging "right to privacy" in Canada
  • Specific challenges in workplace privacy
  • Practical solutions and risk management
  • Anticipated amendments to the Personal Information Practical Act
  • Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
This seminar is particularly suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.
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Managing in a Unionized Environment
Managing in a Unionized EnvironmentNovember 04, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateNovember 04, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

In this introductory seminar, Harris lawyer Mark Colavecchia will focus on providing managers and supervisors with practical knowledge and skills for administering collective agreements and managing unionized employees.

Topics covered include:

  • Managing your unionized workforce - What are the employer's rights?
  • From the investigation of an employee's misconduct to the imposition of discipline - Dealing appropriately with culpable behaviour
  • Employees not at fault - Dealing with non-culpable issues in the union environment

This introductory seminar is suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.

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Human Rights 101 and the Duty to Accommodate
Human Rights 101 and the Duty to AccommodateDecember 02, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateDecember 02, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

HUMAN RIGHTS 101

In this section of our introductory seminar, Harris Partner Stephanie Vellins will introduce attendees to the basics of human rights law including:

  • Prohibited grounds for discrimination under the Human Rights Code
  • Overview of the human rights process
  • An introduction to the duty to accommodate
  • Dealing with 'invisible' disabilities
  • Strategies for handling human rights complaints


THE DUTY TO ACCOMMODATE

Employers have a statutory duty to accommodate disabled employees with work-related limitations up to the point of undue hardship. Increased demands, evolving case law and escalating liabilities in this area combined to create significant practical challenges for employers.

This section of the seminar will provide an overview on accommodation with the latest legal developments and their impact on the workplace, including:

  • The employer's duty to accommodate - When does it arise and what does it require?
  • How do you know when you've reached the point of undue hardship?
  • What must be accommodated, and what need not be?
  • What about the accommodation process? Can the employer be liable based on process alone?

This seminar is particularly suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.

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Social Media and Cloud Computing in the Workplace
Social Media and Cloud Computing in the WorkplaceJanuary 27, 2017 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateJanuary 27, 2017
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

As new technologies enter the workplace, privacy legislation and case law become more complex and create new challenges for employers. Employees are continuously connected to coworkers, clients and prospects through social media on their personal devices, while “cloud services” enable them to share business and personal information outside the organization's firewall.

How can human resources professionals and in-house counsel balance the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers and manage risks to the organization? With a view on keeping employers current on important developments in privacy law, Naz Mitha will discuss a number of key topics in the area of workplace privacy during this introductory seminar, including:

• The interaction between employees’ misuse of social media and the Workers Compensation Act and Human Rights Code obligations

• Employers’ rights and guidelines for conducting social media background checks

• Developing and managing appropriate social media and internet usage policies

• Privacy rights in connection with an employee’s use of workplace computers and other electronic devices

• What to know before storing corporate data “in the cloud”


This seminar is particularly suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law. 

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Workplace Investigations
Workplace InvestigationsFebruary 24, 2017 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateFebruary 24, 2017
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

Supervisors have a duty to protect their employees from workplace bullying and harassment and are often the first source of assistance for a harassed employee.

In this introductory seminar, Kacey Krenn will help prepare managers and supervisors meet their obligations with preventing and resolving workplace harassment incidents. Through interactive exercises and case studies, you will learn:

• The requirements of an anti-bullying and harassment policy

• How to identify bullying and harassment

• Strategies for responding to complaints

• The fundamentals of conducting an investigation

This seminar is particularly suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.

Presenters Kacey A.
Krenn
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Practical Negotiations: Collective Bargaining Insights and Strategies for Employers
Practical Negotiations: Collective Bargaining Insights and Strategies for EmployersMarch 31, 2017 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateMarch 31, 2017
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

In this introductory seminar, Harris lawyer Alan Winter will take employers through the various stages of collective bargaining, offering practical insights into the process and strategies to deal with procedural and substantive bargaining issues that often arise during negotiations.

Attendance for this session is strictly limited to offer participants a practical and interactive learning experience.

Topics covered in this seminar will include:

• Before bargaining

• Negotiations: Only the beginning

• In the thick of it: What to expect as negotiations progress

• Light at the end of the tunnel? Nearing the end of bargaining

• Post-negotiations

This seminar is particularly suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.

Presenters Alan D.
Winter
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Performance Management in the Workplace
Performance Management in the WorkplaceApril 21, 2017 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateApril 21, 2017
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

Join us for this introductory seminar as Harris Partner Joe Shaw guides employers through how to properly set standards for performance and work-related employee behaviour.

Key takeaways for participants include:

• An understanding of the law as it relates to performance management and discipline

• Tools for effectively managing the workplace, including managing difficult employees

• A better understanding of handling performance-related discipline in the workplace

This seminar is particularly suitable for new HR professionals or those looking for a refresher on this area of law.

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