Peel: 02.24.21 *Virtual* PD Day - Navigating Employment Law in COVID 19 and Remote Working Best Practices

Date and Time

Starts:02/24/2021 9:00 AM

Ends:02/24/2021 4:00 PM

Event Type: Webcast

5.5 Full Day | 2.75 Half Day CPD Hour(s)



Members: Free | Non-Members: $30


Additional Information

Event Sponsor

Navigating Employment Law in a 2021 COVID Environment – Pallett Valo Legal Team

(15 minute break included)

The legal team from Pallett Valo will be providing the audience with legal updates for 2020. There will be a series of power point presentations highlighting developments in the law will respect to the following areas:

Wrongful dismissal claims, Employment issues (constructive dismissal and job protected leaves of absence) Arbitration Cases, Human Rights, Workplace Safety and Insurance Developments.  These presentations will help ensure that human resources professionals gain the knowledge and skills to manage workplace issues to prevent them from becoming bigger problems. They will be trained on legal developments in the above areas to a sufficient degree so that they can perform their jobs well. They will also be provided with information regarding new legislation dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop problem-solving skills to effectively deal with human resource challenges
  • Enhance their performance management skills
  • Manage and reduce risks affecting their organizations

1:00-2:30pm -
Best Practices for Managing A Remote Workforce – Sandra Cabral, CHRL

Remote work has been a topic for years with many employees vying for the opportunity as one way to improve work life balance.  In 2020 employers and employees were thrust into this new way of working. With no time to plan, train, or transition, there have been highs and lows on both sides of the equation.  People are social beings. Even for those employees who have experience working remotely, the isolation is exacerbated as it extends to personal socialization.  This new way of working affects people’s sense of belonging, collaboration, inspiration and creativity. Managers are coping with this new way of managing while at the same experiencing many of the same feelings as their employees. As HR professionals we need to provide guidance, learning opportunities and tools for managers and employees that consider the overall health and well-being of our workforce. It is a time of change and a time for opportunity. The strength and ability of HR to positively influence these relationships will be essential to business sustainability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace: Through the promotion of work-life balance (in a remote work environment), communication, employee culture integration, focus on mental health and internal support, HR practitioners are the organization’s partners in people and culture solutions that create responsive environments to keep employees healthy, well and safe at work – no matter where their workspace is located.
  • Emotional Intelligence:  In order for HR to be impactful, HR professionals should be knowledgeable in emotional intelligence so they may help leadership and co-workers find the balance between their human side and their professional/work side. By fostering emotional intelligence, you can promote understanding, respect, and good relationships across all teams, regardless of their locations
  • Relationship Management: Human Resources has always played an important role in building relationships and remote work relationships are no exception. HR leaders are strategically positioned to help co-worker/co-worker and employee/manager remote work connections evolve into healthy, supportive relationships using the seven fundamentals of leadership.

2:45 to 4:00 pm - STOP EXERCISING! The Way You Are Doing it Now - Igor Klibanov, Fitness Solutions Plus

In this portion of the event, participants will learn:

  • How to exercise in self-isolation, with no equipment
  • How exercise affects mental health
  • The most important factor for quality of life and longevity

Learning Objectives for HR professionals to share with their staff.

  • It will improve the physical and mental health of HR professionals
  • It will empower HR professionals with the tools to help their staff with their own physical and mental health
  • It will give additional resources where HR professionals may delve into greater detail if they so choose

During registration, please consider the donation option. Donated funds collected through this event registration will be equally divided between Indspire and Black Youth Helpline, preferred charities identified by HRPA members in a recent survey.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  ALL cancellations MUST be received in writing, 3 business days in advance of the event, to  Registration fees are 100% non-refundable after that time. If it is a complimentary event, a $30 no-show fee invoice will be issued to those registrants who do not attend and have not provided the required notice. Cancellation Deadline is Mon. Feb. 22/21

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Mon. Feb. 22/21 at 11:59pm.

QUESTIONS: Please reach out to Tracey Gallacher if you have any questions.

Speaker bio(s)
Andy Balaura, Lawyer

Andy practices in the area of employment and labour law, representing large, mid-sized and small businesses and corporations, as well as senior level executives. He regularly advises and represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, construction, manufacturing, information technology, financial services and transportation. Andy has appeared as litigation counsel before the Ontario Courts at all levels on wrongful dismissal matters, injunctive proceedings, and occupational health and safety prosecutions. He has also represented numerous employer clients before arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Privacy Commissioner’s office. Andy has extensive experience acting for corporate clients on a wide range of human resource issues, including drafting employment and contractor agreements, advising on employee discipline and dismissal, negotiating severance packages, preparing workplace policies, conducting workplace investigations, advising on privacy obligations and obligations of departing employees, and assisting employers with their statutory obligations pursuant to the Employment Standards Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. He regularly assists corporate counsel with respect to workplace law issues arising from corporate transactions, restructurings and insolvencies. Andy also provides ongoing guidance to employers as they deal with matters related to union organizing, collective agreement interpretations and grievance arbitration. He uses a proactive and practical approach in assisting clients to resolve workplace disputes in an efficient manner. Andy also has experience conducting third party investigations, and has recent expertise advising organizations on CASL obligations and compliance with privacy-related statutes.

Jeffrey Percival, Lawyer

Jeffrey’s practice focuses on commercial and employment litigation, representing private sector employer clients, manufacturing and engineering companies, Ontario-based entrepreneurs, national and multi-national corporations and non-profit organizations. He has appeared before all levels of Ontario courts, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. He has also appeared before various administrative tribunals, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Jeffrey has significant expertise defending automotive manufacturers and architectural and engineering firms from product liability and professional negligence claims, including considerable trial and appellate experience. He has also defended public and private sectorentities on Construction Act trust claims. Jeffrey has also acted in defamation (libel and slander) matters, estates litigation, as well as injunctive proceedings such as Mareva Injunctions and Anton Piller Orders.

Maria Tassou, Senior Legal Counsel

Her practice focuses on employment law, administrative law, workplace investigations, management training, and privacy law. Maria serves as privacy officer for the firm. She regularly advises clients on a wide range of employment-related issues, including terminations, disciplinary matters, sexual harassment, human rights concerns, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and workplace policies. Maria delivers customized management seminars and training programs to leadership teams, management, and staff on employment related topics. To protect businesses from potential liability, she also conducts privacy and policy audits to ensure they comply with workplace laws and engage in best management practices. As a certified workplace investigator, Maria can be retained as an impartial, third-party investigator to conduct efficient, sensitive, and objective investigations into workplace misconduct. These include breaches of workplace policy, allegations of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination. She is also available to provide legal advice and guidance to employers and human resources professionals conducting their own internal investigations. With extensive experience as a civil litigator and adjudicator, Maria presided over hearings involving a broad range of matters in both the private and public sector. For five years she was the chair and lead adjudicator of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, an adjudicative tribunal. She was also a vice-chair of several other tribunals in Ontario, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Landlord Tenant Board, Social Benefits Tribunal, and Licence Appeal Tribunal. A seasoned adjudicator, Maria has wide-ranging experience eliciting evidence, questioning parties, maintaining confidentiality, and protecting the privacy interests of all parties. She has adjudicated a multitude of claims involving criminal harassment, sexual assault, physical violence, threats, internet crimes, and human trafficking in a fair and impartial manner. Maria understands the importance of procedural fairness and natural justice. Respectful of social and cultural differences, she acts in a manner that promotes an appreciation for diversity. She has engaged in meaningful outreach and public consultations strengthening stakeholder relations among government agencies, police services, advocacy organizations and the Ombudsman’s office. She also has experience protecting personal and sensitive information and dealing with third-party requests for information as the designated head of an institution pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Sandra Cabral, CHRP, CHRL, HR Consultant

A strategic Human Resources Leader with a proactive and human-centric approach to creating collaborative environments that nurture high performance, employee engagement, growth and sustainability With over twenty years of progressive Human Resources experience, Sandra has played a key leadership role in advocating People and Culture strategies that redefined the relationships between organizational stakeholders. In environments of labour unrest and markets where fierce competition for top talent threatened operational efficiency, she has introduced respect-based solutions that ensure delivery of critical HR services aligned with the business’ strategic framework.

Igor Klibanov

Igor Klibanov is one of Ontario’s most sought-after wellness speakers, having done over 400 presentations for some of Canada’s largest corporations, including RBC, IBM, Bosch, and HRPA (Toronto, York Region and Barrie chapters). As well, he is the author of 6 different books on exercise and nutrition, including STOP EXERCISING! The Way You Are Doing it Now, The Mental Health Prescription, and High Blood Pressure Reversal Secrets. He runs one of Toronto’s premier personal training companies, Fitness Solutions Plus, helping busy professionals with their health and fitness.