HR Power Lunch: Is age discrimination still a thing?

Date and Time

Starts:01/30/2024 12:00 PM

Ends:01/30/2024 1:30 PM

Registration Closes:01/30/2024 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar

1.5 CPD Hour(s)



HRPA Members: Free | Non-Members: $35 + Tax

Join HRPA Now


Additional Information

Event Sponsor

With all the myriad workplace problems we are facing today, an HR professional could be forgiven for asking, "Is age discrimination still a thing?" Indeed it is. Workplace age discrimination did not disappear in December 2006, when mandatory retirement was outlawed. The workforce is aging, and both Millennials and Gen Z are clamoring for the Boomers' jobs. This reality is creating some new challenges. Can you provide preferential training or advancement opportunities to younger workers? Can you cut off an older worker's benefits at age 65? Can you exit "expensive" older workers for "cheaper" younger ones? Can you talk about "retirement"? Is the expression "You're not a good fit" a legitimate reason for termination, or is it code for "ageism"? Hendrik Nieuwland will provide you with the answers, and arm you with the knowledge you need to protect your company from workplace age discrimination claims.

Learning Objectives:

In this seminar, you will learn the legal test for workplace age discrimination, the legal test for justifying distinctions in employment based on age (the bona fide occupational requirement test), and will review specific examples of how treating workers differently based on their age can be both lawful and unlawful in today's modern workplace.

12:00PM Welcome & Introductions
12:05PM Guest Speaker
1:30PM Event Concludes

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


Speaker bio(s)
Hendrik Nieuwland, Partner

Hendrik is a partner at Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP. Hendrik has represented businesses and executives in a wide range of employment and labour litigation, including wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights applications, labour arbitrations, workplace safety hearings, and fiduciary litigation. Hendrik has extensive experience as litigation counsel in trials, appeals, arbitrations, and injunctions, and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. Hendrik advises businesses in many sectors, including manufacturing, banking, financial services, health care, entertainment, publishing, retail, IT, and charitable and public sectors.