Grey Bruce: Annual Law Update

Date and Time

Starts:10/20/2021 6:00 PM

Ends:10/20/2021 8:00 PM

Registration Closes:10/19/2021 5:00 PM

Event Type: Webinar

2 Hour(s)



Free for Members | Non-members $30


Additional Information

Event Sponsor

Event Description:

Robert Richler and Mathew Rago will provide an annual law update on any ESA updates as well as covid related legal updates. Topics will include: 

  • Vaccine mandates and policies and how it will affect companies
  • Paid time off for Covid-19
  • Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) changes
  • Termination case law update – and how Covid potentially affects notice periods
  • Constructive dismissals under IDEL – is it constructive dismissal or not?


6:00 PM - Introduction
6:01 PM - Guest Speakers 
Robert Richler and Mathew Rago from Bernardi HR Lawyers
7:50 PM - Q&A
8:00 PM - Event Conclusion 

Registration Opens: September 14, 2021 at 8 AM

Registration Closes: October 19, 2021 at 5 PM

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

Learning Objectives:

With the fast changing HR environment in the midst of a pandemic and vaccination mandates on the horizon HR NEEDS to be aware of what we can and cannot ask of our employees. This presentation will equip HR Leaders with the knowledge and comfort level to make decisions based on upcoming legal requirements:

  • What are the employment law implications to any / all covid related updates?
  • Have there been any ESA updates HR leaders need to be made aware of? 


Learning & Giving Back!  As suggested by HRPA members and as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, HRPA has identified Indspire and Black Youth Helpline as recommended charities. Should you wish to support please select the $5 donation option upon checkout. Thank you!

Speaker bio(s)
Mathew Rago, Lawyer and HR Advisor

Mathew joined Bernardi Human Resource Law in 2021 after practicing at boutique labour and employment law firms in Toronto. He investigates all types of workplace complaints. A strong believer in the importance of collaboration, he also focuses on helping identify and resolve workplace conflicts.

    Investigation services

    Mathew conducts investigations on issues including:

  • • workplace harassment and bullying
  • • toxic and hostile work environments
  • • interpersonal conflict
  • • sexual harassment and sexual violence
  • • racial discrimination and harassment
  • • discrimination based on the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code

Industries and organizations served

Mathew offers investigation services to unionized and non-unionized environments, private and non-profit organizations, municipalities and universities.

Thought leadership

Mathew’s experience representing a variety of clients has given him a deep understanding of workplaces and interpersonal dynamics. Mathew believes that if you ensure someone feels heard and included in the process, they will be more open to participating – leading to better and fairer results

Robert Richler, Lawyer and Human Resource Advisor

Robert is an employment and labour lawyer and human resource advisor with Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP. He has obtained a wide range of experience as both as in-house counsel and in private practice. His time as in-house counsel, coupled with his MBA training, has given Robert great insight into the needs of organizations. He is attuned to the types of considerations organizations must weigh when making decisions about their employees. Robert works with both unionized and non-unionized employers to find innovative ways to resolve conflicts and legal challenges in a cost-effective manner that is sensitive to the business needs of an organization.

Robert advises employers and employees in contract negotiations, terminations, wrongful dismissals and collective bargaining matters. Robert also conducts workplace training investigations. Robert has represented clients at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as at the Human Rights Tribunal and the Workplace Safety Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He has also appeared as counsel at federal inquiries, mediations, arbitrations, trials and before various regulators. Robert takes pride in his ability to help parties resolve workplace challenges in situations they believed could not be resolved.