Navigating the Employment Standards Act

Date and Time

Starts:07/18/2023 8:30 AM

Ends:07/19/2023 5:30 PM

Registration Closes:07/17/2023 2:30 PM

Event Type: Workshop

7 CPD Hour(s)

Partner's Virtual Platform


HRPA Members: $495

Non-Members: $595 + taxes

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The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) is the chief piece of legislation governing your workplace – but it's far from a static piece of legislation. The ESA is continually evolving, and HR professionals need to keep pace with these emerging legal changes.

This comprehensive two half-day online seminar explores everything from minimum wage to hours of work, vacations with pay, layoffs, leave of absences, emergency, maternity, parental and compassionate care leaves, and termination and severance pay. It will provide HR professionals with the foundation and tools to answer the day-to-day questions that arise in the workplace.

The first day of the program will cover:

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Public Holidays and Public Holiday Pay
  3. Hours of Work and Overtime
  4. Vacation Time and Vacation Pay

The second day will cover the following topics and issues:

  1. Leaves of Absence
  2. Termination and Severance Pay
  3. Complaints and Enforcements

With changes to the ESA, and the potential of future changes, this seminar is a timely opportunity for new HR professionals and experienced HR professionals alike with current and up-to-date information regarding the ESA.

What you'll learn from this session:

  • Introduction into employment law in Ontario
  • Review recent changes to the ESA to stay current
  • Tips on how to maintain compliance proactively
  • How to deal with and respond to ESA-related complaints and enforcement
  • Work through practical problems

Logistics Details:

This Program combines live virtual instruction through Zoom with hands-on experiential learning through case studies, scenarios, discussions and simulations.
Live Virtual Sessions: There will be online instructor-led modules, during which practical examples and experiences will be shared.

Materials: Participants will be provided with session workbooks (digital format) to follow along with the content covered in each module and to take notes, as well as additional post-session materials for future use.

Peer Learning and Group Work: Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other while answering questions and sharing experiences and observations during the modules, as well as through practical, hands-on exercises

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Speaker bio(s)
Adam Guy, Partner, BLG LLP

Adam offers practical legal advice to employers on a full range of labour and employment matters, including dismissals and discipline; employment contracts and policies; human rights issues, such as discrimination and harassment; and workers' compensation, employment standards, and occupational health and safety matters.

He regularly represents employers in grievance arbitrations and before administrative tribunals including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He has also appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Divisional Court.