Grand Valley: 06.15.2021 - Don't Be a Jerk at Work: Communication Strategies to Create and Maintain Respectful Workplace (Webinar)
As H.R. professionals, we are being challenged to open workplaces to be more diverse and inclusive. This can create issues with direct or indirect discrimination, misunderstandings between cultures, harassment, bullying, and in some instances, violence. H.R. is often looked to for guidance with this happens. When navigating through these situations, we often find ourselves balancing competing obligations under the Occupation Health and Safety Act, The Human Rights Code, collective agreements, and so on.
During this session we will review:
- What is a respectful workplace?
- Listening, Reflecting, Understanding
- Lowering the Emotional Temperature
- Interests v. Positions
- We will answer the question of what is and what is not harassment?
- What are the benefits of a respectful workplace and how we can guide our organizations to become one?
- We will learn how to balance responsibilities and reduce liability for workplace harassment claims under the Occupation Health and Safety Act and the Human Rights Code.
Speaker: Elizabeth Traynor
Beth Traynor is a partner in Siskinds' labour and employment group and has practiced exclusively management-side labour and employment law for her entire career. Beth provides practical day-to-day advice and dynamic advocacy before Courts and administrative tribunals as she represents the interest of both unionized and non-unionized employers. Her clients rely on her advice for issues related to discharge and discipline, accommodation of disabilities, occupation health and safety, bullying, harassment and violence in the workplace, and all other issues arising with employees. Her busy practice takes her across Southern Ontario and the Near North.
In addition, Beth has been providing investigation services to clients and other organizations for over ten years. She also regularly conducts training sessions on a variety of subjects, including the conduct of investigations, respectful communication in the workplace, the identification and avoidance of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Beth is frequently asked to speak on labour and employment topics and has presented continuing education programs for the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, community colleges, and numerous client events. She is also an active contributor to the L&E Group's blog.
12:00 pm - Welcome and Introductions
12:10 pm - Speaker Presentation and Q&A
1:30 pm - Event Concludes
Sunday June 13, 9:00 pm
** 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.