On-Demand Webcast: Managing Planned and Unplanned Workplace Absenteeism

Date and Time

Starts:07/19/2017 12:00 AM

Ends:07/19/2056 11:30 PM

Event Type: Webcast

1 Hour Hour(s)


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Each year, the average full-time employee in Canada is absent from work approximately nine days. Some absences are for a day or two, while others last considerably longer. Absenteeism at a workplace can significantly and negatively impact the productivity and profitability of the organization.

This webinar will outline an employer's legal obligations in connection with workplace absences and provide strategies on what can be done to minimize unplanned time away from work. It will focus on managing your workforce's planned and unplanned absences from work. The discussion will include a summary of your employees' legal entitlements, strategies on how to deal with and obtain medical documentation, strategies on how to manage absent employees as well as tips and strategies on how to reduce absenteeism.


Learning objectives:

Legal Entitlements

  • Understand the protected leaves of absence under the Employment Standards Act, 2000
  • Understand human rights considerations when addressing absenteeism

 Addressing Absenteeism

  • Learn how are culpable vs. non-culpable absences are treated differently
  • Learn best practices for communicating with an absent employee, including obtaining appropriate medical information
  • Learn when an employer may discipline or terminate for absenteeism

Tips to Reduce Absenteeism

  • Attendance Management Policies/Programs – what to consider when preparing your own
  • Attendance awards and other incentives


Who should attend?

This program is designed for human resources professionals. 

Speaker bio(s)
Jessica Kearsey

Jessica is an accomplished lawyer in the area of public sector labour relations. Prior to joining Sherrard Kuzz LLP Jessica was legal counsel to a large public hospital, responsible for several areas of employment and labour law including grievance arbitration, interest arbitration, collective bargaining, mediation and conflict resolution, and human rights and accommodation. Jessica has also held the position of labour relations counsel for Canada's largest municipal police union.

Jessica has been an adjunct faculty at Osgoode Hall Law since since 2013, teaching labour arbitration, and is frequently asked to speak on a variety of topics for the employment and labour bar. She has been a moot coach for Osgoode Hall Law School since 2010 and is dedicated to coaching and mentoring advocacy skills in young lawyers.

Iouri Vorobiev

Iouri began his career with Sherrard Kuzz LLP as a student during which time he was seconded with a large public sector client. While in university he received several awards for academic excellence.

Iouri is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation, and Young Lawyers) and Ontario Trucking Association.