Seminars

Employment Law 101
Employment Law 101September 18, 2015 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateSeptember 18, 2015
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 recruiting new hires to terminating problem employees.

In this half-day seminar, Dianne Rideout and Nicole Toye will review the fundamentals of employment law and provide helpful tips to address all facets of the non-union employment relationship.

Topics covered will include: 

  • Hiring Employees
      • Avoiding trouble: inducement and other pitfalls
      • The value of written employment contracts
      • Restrictive Covenants - worth the paper
  • Managing Employees
      • Probationary periods
      • Suspension of non-union staff
      • Managing absenteeism
      • Avoiding constructive dismissal claims
  • Effective Terminations
      • Proper conduct of the termination meeting
      • Structuring proper severance packages
  • High-risk terminations - disabled or "at-risk" employees
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Training Tuesday Webinar Series
Training Tuesday Webinar Series October 06, 2015 | Permalink
TypeTraining Tuesday Webinar Series
DateOctober 06, 2015
Time8:00 AM PDT
PlaceOnline (GoToWebinar)
CostComplimentary to Harris clients, BC HRMA members and invited guests
Includes1 hour training webinar and online materials

Join us on the first Tuesday of every month between October 2015 to June 2016 for a one-hour training webinar. This series of webinars will offer the participants a timely discussion on legal issues facing employers, followed by a question and answer period. 

Registration for this series is complimentary for all Harris clients, BCHRMA members and invited guests. Topics will be announced one month prior to the presentation date.

Registration Details:

You may opt-in to receiving our webinar mailings by clicking 'Subscribe' below and checking off the 'Webinars' box. You will then receive the emails prompting you to register for the webinar each month.

Technical requirements include high-speed internet access.


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FIPPA, Public Sector Privacy and Access to Information
FIPPA, Public Sector Privacy and Access to InformationOctober 23, 2015 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateOctober 23, 2015
Time9:30AM - 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 is a complex piece of legislation which can be difficult to navigate.

During this seminar, Suzanne Kennedy and Claire Marchant 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
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BC PIPA, Private Sector Privacy and Access to Information
BC PIPA, Private Sector Privacy and Access to InformationOctober 30, 2015 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateOctober 30, 2015
Time9:30AM - 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 seminar, Suzanne Kennedy and Claire Marchant will review the fundamentals of the private sector privacy regime under the BC Personal Information Protection Act.

  • 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 Protection Act
  • Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
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Managing in a Unionized Environment
Managing in a Unionized EnvironmentNovember 20, 2015 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateNovember 20, 2015
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

Are there days when your managers and supervisors wonder why they have taken on the role? Do you have employees who think supervision is harassment? Do you have newly promoted managers or experienced supervisors who could use a refresher? Could you use some help dealing with a difficult shop steward?

In this half-day seminar, Chris Leenheer and Brad Cocke will focus on providing managers and supervisors with practical knowledge and skills for administering collective agreements and managing unionized employees.

Topics covered will 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
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Human Rights 101 and the Duty to Accommodate
Human Rights 101 and the Duty to AccommodateDecember 04, 2015 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateDecember 04, 2015
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

HUMAN RIGHTS 101 

Stephanie Vellins and Lou Poskitt will introduce attendees to the basics of Human Rights Law.

Topics covered will include:

  • 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 handing human rights complaints


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 half-day seminar will provide an overview on accommodation with the latest legal developments and their impact on the workplace.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • 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?
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Social Media and Cloud Computing in the Workplace
Social Media and Cloud Computing in the WorkplaceJanuary 22, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateJanuary 22, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

The modern workplace is creating new challenges in the realm of privacy. Increased use of the internet, social media and technology in the workplace has created new challenges for balancing the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.

With a view on keeping employers current on important developments in privacy law, Nazeer Mitha and Claire Marchant will discuss a number of hot topics in the area of workplace privacy including:

  • Social media background checks
  • Privacy rights in connection with an employee's use of workplace computers and other electronic devices
  • Cloud computing
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Workplace Investigations
Workplace InvestigationsFebruary 19, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateFebruary 19, 2016
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 half-day seminar, Paul Fairweather 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
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Collective Bargaining
Collective BargainingMarch 18, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateMarch 18, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments

In this half-day seminar, Harris Partner 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 presentation 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
Presenters Alan D.
Winter
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Performance Management
Performance Management April 22, 2016 | Permalink
TypeWorkplace Law Foundations Series
DateApril 22, 2016
Time8:30AM - 12:30PM
PlaceDowntown Vancouver, BC
Cost$350 + taxes
IncludesPrinted seminar materials, continental breakfast and refreshments
In this half-day seminar, Joseph Shaw and Claire Marchant will guide employers on 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

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