Barrie and District: LEGAL UPDATES: A Day of Information, Learning and Connection

Date and Time

Starts:09/28/2022 8:00 AM

Ends:09/28/2022 4:30 PM

Registration Closes:09/19/2022 11:59 PM

Event Type: Professional Development

6 CPD Hour(s)

Liberty North 100 Caplan Avenue Barrie, ON


HRPA Members: $95 | Student Members: $65 | Non-Members: $150+HST

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Additional Information

8:00am Registration, Networking
8:30 am Morning Speakers Presentation (David Turner, Melissa Ragogna)
11:15 am Presentation concludes, Networking
11:45 am Lunch
12:30 pm Lunch Keynote Speaker Stuart Knight
1:45 pm Presentation concludes, Networking
2:15 pm Afternoon Speaker Presentation (Gayle Wadden)
4:15 pm Presentation concludes
4:30 pm Thank you, wrap up, Draws

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

Event Sponsor

Law update - David Turner & Melissa Ragogna, Turner HR Law

This is meant to be an interactive discussion. Please come armed with your real-life, real-work questions (anonymously of course!) to facilitate a deep dive into the subject matter.
The Covid 19 pandemic impacted the Ontario workplace in a multitude of ways. This session will discuss:

  • Court and Arbitration decisions arising out of the pandemic: temporary lay-offs; constructive dismissal; vaccination requirements, and more 
  • The future of the employment relationship post-pandemic
  • Managing the new working relationship and being pro-active
  • Remote work and managing/monitoring productivity
  • Planning for the next pandemic/recession/spiraling inflation

Lunch - Keynote:
More Human More Often Connecting After a Pandemic - Stuart Knight

In this presentation, Stuart takes an even deeper dive into the science of human connection and how it is the number one factor to organizational success and personal well being. For decades the world has been experiencing a crisis in human connection and it's been the root cause of every challenge faxed by humanity. On a macro level, it has created international conflicts, national divisiveness and community breakdown. Individually our connection from each other is behind a wide range of physical and mental ailments including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, greater stress and so much more. Organizationally, meaningful human connection is the biggest influencer on productivity, collaboration, innovation, absenteeism, equity, inclusion and diversity.
In the latest keynote, Stuart provides a scientifically backed "wake up call" for people ready to harness the power of personal relationships as a true path to success and happiness. In this hilarious, entertaining and deeply thought provoking presentation Stuart unveils the elephant in the room we all knew was there but didn't know how to see.
By incorporating meaningful human connection into your everyday culture and promoting powerful conversations amongst your team, Stuart will help you reach your goals while changing the world.

Compliance 101 and Hot Topics - Gayle Wadden

COVID-19 has dominated HR's time over the past 2+ years. As Ontario emerges from its COVID-19 shutdowns and workplaces begin to return to normal, it is a good time to revisit your HR compliance checklist and also get caught up on key changes to employment laws over the past couple of years.

The first part of this program will focus on the day-to-day legal requirements that you need to consider, including a refresher on how to approach legislation when you need to find answers yourself.

Topics covered will include:

  • Hours of Work: What are the requirements for maximum hours of work, overtime, time off? And what are the potential consequences of not meeting these requirements?
  • Leaves of Absence: What are the different types of leave and when do they apply?
  • Posters: A checklist of the info you have to provide to employees and/or post in the workplace.
  • Harassment & Violence: What are the key requirements re assessments, policies and procedures and investigations?
  • Policies - a checklist of policies that are required under legislation.
  • Termination of Employment: A review of your obligations when you are terminating an employee.
  • Records: What records are you required to keep, and for how long?

The second part of the program will focus on hot topics and recent changes to employment laws. This will include new policy requirements, legislative changes that impact employment agreements, new requirements regarding digital platform workers, changes to health and safety, proposed changes to privacy laws and the impact of remote work.

Attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding and review the legal requirements that organizations must manage and maintain with regards to compliance.
  • Stay informed on issues in Ontario law.
  • Be able to identify and interpret current issues and understand how they impact organizations.
  • Be able to effectively develop, update and improve organizational policies to comply with new legal requirements.

A “no show/late cancellation” fee will be charged if cancellation is not provided to at least 3 business days in advance.

Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door.

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

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator, Tracey Gallacher

Speaker bio(s)
David Turner, Partner

David acts as counsel to management with respect to all aspects of Canadian employment and labour law. This includes advising, representing and litigating on behalf of clients with respect to: employment law; labour relations; wrongful dismissal; employment standards; human rights; workplace policies and procedures; employment contracts; performance management; and workplace safety and insurance matters.
David strives to assist employers to develop and articulate clear policies that protect the employer’s interests. He also works with his firm’s clients to develop practical and workable responses to employment issues such as performance management, employee discipline and workplace harassment.
David has lectured at the Law Society of Upper Canada and Ryerson University on Employment and Labour Law.
Free time in the summer is spent with his family at his cottage. In the winter David coaches his son’s hockey team.
He graduated from Queens Law School in 1984 and was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1986. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

Melissa Ragogna

Melissa Ragogna is an Associate Lawyer at Turner, A Human Resources Law Firm™. She previously gained valuable litigation experience at a leading litigation boutique firm in Toronto. Melissa’s practice involves all facets of management-side labour and employment law, including: employee relations; Ontario’s Employment Standards Act 2000 and Human Rights Code compliance; drafting and reviewing employment contracts and termination letters; workplace Health and Safety; conducting and advising on workplace investigations; policy development and implementation; workplace privacy; Workplace Safety and Insurance Board matters; Employment Insurance; and wrongful and constructive dismissal claims. Melissa was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Toronto Lawyer’s Association. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys outdoor activities, crafting, and spending time with her family as a new mom.

Stuart Knight

Twenty-Two years ago Stuart Knight did something courageous, daring and uncommon. He listened to his heart. It told him that too many people were not living up to their potential, and he decided to do something about it. At the ripe age of 24, with no money or experience, he wrote an inspiring theatre show for teenagers. Within a short amount of time it was picked up by Coca Cola and toured nationally for three years. From there he decided to become the first Canadian ever to write and star in a musical that he produced in his own loft. No small feat considering he couldn’t play an instrument. It became the longest running play of its kind, and A-list influencers lined up to witness sold out shows in a theatre Stuart not only built, but also lived in. During that time, some of the world’s biggest business leaders recognized Stuart as a visionary who could help their organization reach new levels of success. Since then Stuart has been flown around the world, speaking in places such as Sydney, Malta, Edinburgh, Mumbai, New York, Frankfurt and Las Vegas helping Fortune 500 companies learn what it takes to be the best. As Stuart Knight’s success flourished, he wanted to do something that would help raise thousands of dollars for charities around the world and decided to create the Top Ten Event, which is now one of Canada’s biggest speaking extravaganzas. The event has quickly grown into one of Canada’s must see events, garnering over 30 million media impressions and has starred such names as Jim Cuddy, Deepa Mehta, Mary Walsh, Steven Page and two time Oscar Award Winner Jane Fonda. On top of all of this, Stuart Knight is an award winning entrepreneur, a critically acclaimed author of two books, an expert panellist on numerous television shows, the host of a hit radio show, has a sought after podcast and has over twelve thousand people from around the world tuning in each week to watch his thought provoking videos online. As a disrupter, thought leader and maverick, Stuart Knight has inspired over one million people reach greater success, find deeper joy and to ultimately boycott what they thought.

Gayle Wadden

As Compliance Works' CLO, Gayle oversees all legal research and content development, as well as internal legal matters. Gayle has developed employment law content for Compliance Works, which provides plain language summaries of employment law obligations across the country. Gayle has approximately 20 years of experience working in the legal industry. This includes both practicing law as a corporate commercial litigator and leading knowledge management initiatives at national and regional law firms. Gayle is also a legal researcher and developer and provider of legal education programs. She regularly presents to lawyers on a variety of legal topics, including employment standards, wrongful dismissal, human rights, human resource policies and legal compliance. She has extensive knowledge of legislation, including both the legislative process and the interpretation of legislation. Gayle has also presented to not-for-profit boards of directors and is a mentor and assessor with the Law Practice Program at Toronto Metropolitan University, working with candidates to develop and hone their legal skills.