Live Webinar: Does Health and Safety trump Privacy Rights?

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Starts:07/14/2020 12:00 PM

Ends:07/14/2020 1:30 PM

Event Type: Webcast

1.5 CPD Hour(s)



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The health and safety of workers continues to be a top concern for employers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Now that many companies have shifted attention to bringing employees back to the workplace, gathering information from and about their workforce may be necessary to properly assess workplace hazards and ensure the ongoing health and safety for all staff. But, what information is required and how might this added need impact privacy?

Privacy laws still apply during a public health crisis, and while we understand that there is a balance between privacy and public safety, what should be a higher priority for employers?

Does health and safety trump privacy rights?

Join Kris Tierney, Vice President of HR and Learning at HRPA for an online moderated discussion.

Get the following questions answered:

  • Does current public health situation extend employers power to collect, use or disclose employee personal information in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace?
  • What is the general guidance on balancing OHS obligations and Privacy Laws?
  • Are there best practices for minimizing risks to personal privacy of employees and keeping workplaces safe?
  • Time will be allocated for your personal questions as well.

    Make sure to have them ready and register for event today.

    Speaker bio(s)
     Kris Tierney

    Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice-President, HR and Learning

    Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

    Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. From there, she developed her passion for business and human resources in progressive HR and leadership positions at TD Bank Financial Group and TD Canada Trust, and as an independent Training Consultant. As a member of executive leadership teams, her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed during her tenures at Questrade, Inc. based in Toronto and at Dealer-FX, Inc. headquartered in Markham, Ontario.

    Kris earned her Business Administration Diploma, Human Resources (with Distinction) from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and the Human Resources Post Graduate Certificate from Humber College in Toronto. She has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations.

     Cheryl A. Edwards

    Cheryl A. Edwards, Partner

    Cheryl is a senior partner in the national Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workers’ Compensation practice of Mathews Dinsdale & Clark, LLP, a labour and employment law firm for employers with offices across Canada. A former Ontario OHS Prosecutor, Cheryl has over 30 years of experience in advising on strategic and practical approaches for management of workplace safety issues including the complexities of OHS due diligence, contractor management, accident response strategies, and discipline for safety matters. She frequently advises on national and federal OHS programs. She has defended and represented Canadian employers, constructors, senior management, and supervisors in some of the most serious and complex health and safety trials, complaints, inquests and appeals. She provides hard hitting and practical OHS training on due diligence, contractor management and other topics to management and supervisors.

    Cheryl led a national OHS practice group as well as an international OHS practice group prior to joining Mathews Dinsdale. She has been repeatedly listed as a leading lawyer in workers’ compensation in Best Lawyers in Canada, and a leading occupational health and safety practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Cheryl also regularly provides practical advice and representation in grievance arbitration and labour board proceedings. She is a frequent speaker at in house training sessions and professional conferences.

     Daniel Chodos

    Daniel Chodos

    An experienced employment lawyer, Daniel Chodos has worked at two of the most respected labour and employment law firms in Canada, where he advises both employees and employers in resolving the various types of disputes that arise within the employment relationship.

    Daniel has litigated numerous cases, including such issues as wrongful dismissals, human rights, employment standards, workplace violence and harassment, and employment insurance. He also has a background in labour law and collective bargaining.

    With this background, Daniel has represented both employees and employers before numerous administrative tribunal hearings and in the courts, including the Ontario Labour Relations Boards, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

     Jonathan Borrelli

    Jonathan Borrelli, Lawyer

    Jonathan is the leader of the Employment and Labour practice group at KMB Law, a full-service law firm based in Mississauga.

    Jonathan focuses on practical legal solutions for practical business professionals. He deals with all workplace issues and employment-related litigation matters. He advises on terminations, wrongful dismissal matters, shutdowns and re-openings, occupational health and safety, layoffs, restrictive covenants, investigations, workplace policies, and workplace human rights. He also advises on employment law aspects of corporate transactions.

    Jonathan obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University in Political Science, and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. He obtained the HRPA Workplace Investigation certification in 2019.

    When not helping his clients, Jonathan is working to obtain his Culinary Arts Certificate (Continuing Ed.) at George Brown College (he makes a mean Chicken Piccata).