Thousand Islands Chapter: Employment Law Day | Workplace Investigations | Remote vs Return to Office

Date and Time

Starts:09/27/2022 8:00 AM

Ends:09/27/2022 4:00 PM

Registration Closes:09/21/2022 8:00 AM

Event Type: Professional Development

5.5 Hour(s)

Queens University - Donald Gordon Hotel & Conference 421 Union St Kingston, Ontario


HRPA Members $75 + Tax | Non Member $150 + Tax

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Event Sponsor

One of the biggest challenges for HR professionals is keeping up-to-date

with trends in employment legislation. Now is your chance to get ahead of the curve - join the Thousand Islands Chapter and Hicks Morley to recieve valuable Informantion and guidance.

This full day seminar is presented by Hicks Morley, Canada’s leading law Firm which devotes its practice exclusively to representing employers on human resources law and advocacy issues. Let them guide you in learning in order to develop strategies to protect employers and staff from legal pitfalls.

Topics include: Recent labour and employment law update, including Bill 27 and amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of recent employment law cases and legislation:
  • Identify Key labour and employment law issues applicable to workpaces and work form home arrangments; and
  • Develope analyitical skills and strategis thinking to better protect employers from legal liabilities.


8:00 AM Registration & Networking - Continental Breakfast Served

8:50 AM Welcome and Introductions 

9:00 AM Hicks Morley Presentations

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Hicks Morley Presentations

12:00 PM Lunch Break

1:00 PM Hicks Morley Presentations

2:15 PM Break

2:30 PM Hicks Morley Presentations

4:00 PM Events Concludes

Registration closes September 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Registration Difficulties or Questions? Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator, Rebecca Lauzon at

Any required Proof of Vaccination and/or PPE safety protocols for this in-person event will be shared closer to the event date.

Speaker bio(s)
Michael Babe

Michael Babe is a labour and employment lawyer with Hicks Morley’s Ottawa office. He provides advice and representation to management in both the public and private sectors on a broad range of labour, employment and human rights matters. Michael has experience with wrongful dismissal claims, human rights complaints and labour disputes.

Shauna  Bartlett

Shauna Bartlett is a labour and employment lawyer with Hicks Morley’s Ottawa office. She provides advice and representation to employers and management in both the public and private sectors on a wide range of labour, employment and human rights issues arising from the workplace. This includes wrongful dismissal actions, collective bargaining, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, occupational health and safety, human rights and accommodation and employment standards.

Sophia Duguay, Lawyer

Sophia Duguay is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Kingston office. Sophia provides the full range of labour relations and employment law advice to both public and private sector employers, regularly conducting negotiations and representing employers at interest arbitrations. Sophia brings a practical and solution-focused approach to her advice and representation. She regularly provides proactive and strategic advice to assist employers in managing their human resources and workplace issues. Sophia has assisted numerous municipalities and other employers in addressing restructuring issues and/or sale of business transactions involving the transfer of union and non-union employees. Sophia’s practice also focuses on human rights advice and advocacy, and includes rights arbitration and wrongful dismissal litigation. Sophia is fluently bilingual and can provide legal services in both English and French.

Siobhan O'Brien, Lawyer

Siobhan O’Brien is an Ottawa labour lawyer, employment lawyer and human resource lawyer. She practises management-side labour and employment law and has extensive experience in wrongful dismissal litigation, employment litigation, human rights law, grievance arbitration, labour relations, collective bargaining and strike management. Siobhan is a frequent guest speaker at employment and human resource law events and speaks on employment issues including wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, accommodation, attendance management, independent contractor matters, pregnancy and parental leave, restrictive covenants, employment benefits, workplace policies and procedures and human rights law. Siobhan serves public and private sector clients in the Manufacturing, Social Services, Developmental Services, Education, Healthcare, Financial Services, Technology and Municipal sectors.

Vincent Panetta

Vince Panetta is an experienced labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Kingston office. He advises a range of employers in the public and private sector on all matters of employment law, labour relations, privacy and human rights. Vince appears before a variety of adjudicators and tribunals including grievance arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. In addition, Vince often advises and acts for clients engaged in collective bargaining. Vince is the lead partner in the Kingston office and member of several practice groups within the firm.

Colin Youngman, Lawyer

Colin Youngman is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Kingston office. He advises and represents both unionized and non-unionized employers throughout Eastern Ontario. He is regularly engaged in wrongful dismissal litigation, occupational health and safety matters, labour arbitration cases, Ontario Labour Relations Board proceedings and human rights proceedings. Colin also advises clients with respect to information and privacy matters including data breach response. Colin emphasizes proactive and creative solutions to workplace issues and disputes. Prior to entering law school, Colin worked as a Social Worker at the Frontenac Children’s Aid Society in Kingston. Colin is an active member of the Pittsburgh Community Benefit Fund Board of Directors and is also a member of the Pladec Day Care Centre Board.