Grand Valley and Guelph: 09.22.2020 - Legal Update with Hicks Morley

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Starts:09/22/2020 9:00 AM

Ends:09/22/2020 11:00 AM

Event Type: Webcast

2.0 Hour(s)



Members: $20 + HST | Non-members: $40 + HST | Students: $15 + HST


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Grand Valley and Guelph & District: 09.22.2020 - Legal Update with Hicks Morley

Everyone has experienced the difficult circumstances under which business has been carried out since March of 2020.  HR Professional were key leaders in navigating the uncharted waters, whether in lay-offs, a myriad of government programs, new ESA provisions, or health and safety in returning to work, as well as how to work in the age of COVID-19.  Our speakers from Hicks Morley were partners with HR Professionals at the forefront of the legal and business challenges as the crisis unfolded.  As we are now in Stage 3, with some further uncertain times ahead, insight into the legal risks and challenges going forward is essential for every HR Professional.   Our speakers will share their experience and observations about how the pandemic has impacted the workplace and employment &labour laws , looking to what potentially lies ahead.  This will include how the new leaves in the ESA will likely continue to apply in different employee circumstances, the interaction with federal benefits like CERB and new EI changes, how temporary lay-offs will apply following the end of the lay-offs being deemed an IDEL, and how common law and constructive dismissal claims are unfolding from the temporary work reductions. 

In addition, Hicks Morley will review recent legislative changes and interesting cases from the Courts and Tribunals.  This will include a review of the enforceability of contractual termination provisions, including the very significant impact created by the recent Court of Appeal decision in Waksdale

Please join us in what will be an informative and comprehensive review of how 2020 has impacted the workplace. 

Guest Speakers 

Stephen Goodwin, B.B.A., M.B.A., LL.B., Hicks Morley Law Firm  

Stephen practices labour and employment law in Hicks Morley’s Waterloo office, where he advises both public and private sector employers on all aspects of human resources law.

Stephen has appeared extensively before the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), at labour arbitrations as well as in the courts defending wrongful dismissal claims. Stephen has in-depth expertise in collective bargaining, having bargained over 50 collective agreements including first contracts. He provides advice and guidance to companies in purchase and sale transactions, restructuring and closures.

Stephen has particular expertise in construction labour law, social services and union organizing and certifications. Stephen provides practical advice for employers’ ongoing practices and policies to assist them in managing compliance and reducing risks involved with today’s complex labour and employment laws.


Evan Taylor, B.Sc. (Hons), J.D, Hicks Morley Law Firm

Evan is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Waterloo office. He advises private and public sector employers on a wide variety of labour, employment, human rights, occupational health and safety, and WSIB issues.

Evan obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. Prior to enrolling in law school, he taught in Seoul, South Korea. He has also worked in the construction and manufacturing industries. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours Specialization with Distinction) in Genetics from Western University. Evan articled at the firm before returning in 2018 as an associate.


Glenn Christie, B.A., M.B.A., LL.B., Hicks Morley Law Firm

Glenn, a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Waterloo office, provides strategic advice and legal services to a wide range of clients and is known for his practical and proactive approaches to client problems.

Glenn’s advocacy practice places him before the courts, arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. A very experienced negotiator, he has acted as spokesperson in several rounds of high profile, politically sensitive collective bargaining. Governance and other types of organizational support are also an important part of his practice.

Glenn is a leader in providing advice to Police Services Boards on a wide variety of issues, including Police Services Act prosecutions.


9:00am - Opening Comments and Introductions

9:10am - Speaker Presentations

11:00am - Closing Comments and Conclusion


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September 19, 2020 - 6:00pm