York: 03.24.21 *Virtual Half Day* Workplace Investigations Workshop
9:30 am - Introduction
9:35 am - Workplace investigation workshop begins
10:30 am - 5 minute break
10:35 am - Workplace investigation workshop continues
11:30 am - 5 minute break
11:35 am - Workplace investigation workshop continues
12:30 pm - summary and event conclusion
Over the past several years, social movement activity, enhanced legislative protections and expanded employee entitlements have contributed to an increasing number of workplace investigations being conducted by internal and external investigators. Given the increased frequency of workplace investigations, organizations need to be equipped to conduct at least some investigations internally, where possible. However, many organizations are not aware of the basic requirements to conduct workplace investigations that are appropriate in the circumstances. As a result, many investigations yield findings that are flawed, inadequate or biased, and poorly conducted investigations can cause significant harm to organizations in terms of legal liability, as well as fallout that impacts culture, morale and reputations. Additionally, in the current social climate, many employers are being required to investigate incidents that involve complex, intersectional issues, such as those involving complaints of individual and/or systemic discrimination, discriminatory harassment, microaggressions, and/or microinvalidations which – to triage and assess properly – often require specific training. By understanding what factors contribute to investigation complexity, and when and where investigations can go wrong, employers can make informed decisions regarding whether to handle a particular investigation in-house, or to engage an external investigator.
- Review the key concepts, legal requirements and best practices related to conducting effective workplace investigations;
- Identify common pitfalls in conducting the investigation process; • Assess critical considerations when selecting an investigator (internal or external); and
- Explore when investigations may require specialized training in equity, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or trauma, and how these different lenses may intersect
Laura has built two highly respected firms which respectively provide proactive HR Law and HR Consulting advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost bottom line performance. Laura is also a seasoned workplace investigator, routinely engaged to conduct complex workplace investigations, and is recognized for specific expertise in investigations related to equity, diversity and inclusion. As a professional speaker, Laura regularly delivers keynote talks on topics relevant to entrepreneurs, business leaders, HR professionals and lawyers. Laura has recently launched a podcast for business leaders and HR professionals called, We Thrive Forward - Conversations with Laura Williams, which is available on all major platforms.
Aleksandra is a lawyer at Williams HR Law, where she practices in all areas of labour, employment, and human rights law. Aleksandra advises and represents employers on a board range of issues including employment agreements, employment standards, wrongful dismissal litigation, discipline and termination, human rights and accommodation, attendance and disability management, grievance arbitration, collective bargaining, collective agreement administration, labour board proceedings, privacy, workplace safety and insurance, and workplace investigations. Aleksandra also regularly conducts workplace investigations and workplace culture reviews as a third-party investigator for organizations in a variety of industries including not-for-profit, education, financial services, childcare, ecommerce, professional services, information technology and municipal. Aleksandra has presented on educational topics for employers and human resources professionals including respect in the workplace, accessibility, and legal considerations surrounding key elements of the employment relationship, such as bonuses and termination clauses. She has also written on a range of topics in human resources law including, workplace investigations, harassment, termination of employment, and major legislative developments. Aleksandra has co-facilitated the Williams HR Law Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations course and the Human Resources Professional Association's Labour Relations Certificate Program, which was developed and is exclusively delivered by Williams HR Law in conjunction with its sister firm, Williams HR Consulting Inc.