PD Day: Legal Update
Morning: Human Resources Policies and Employment Agreements: The "Musts", "Should's" and "Could's" - Liam Ledgerwood
Employers are required to have an ever-increasing amount of workplace policies. It is hard to keep up. At the same time, legal and recruitment pressures are pushing employers to think beyond the bare minimum by developing customized agreements and HR policies to suit their specific needs.
In this session, we will start at the foundations - what HR policies are employers required to have, and what must they say? We will then consider the bigger picture by discussing the HR policies and contractual terms that employers should consider using not only to protect the organization from employment liability, but also to reduce workplace friction, and attract (and keep) top talent.
- Identify mandatory HR policies and their required content
- Identify optional HR policies and their suggested content
- Review best practices with respect to employment agreements, included key terms
Afternoon: Terminating Employment Relationships: What You Need To Know - Zaheer Lakhani
Although employers have the right to end the relationship with an employee, this right comes with legal obligations and corresponding pitfalls. In fact, if the termination is not done properly and lawfully, the damages that can result can be substantial. This session will offer guidance on an employer’s legal obligations with respect to terminations, how to structure a termination package and offer guidance on how to arrive at a negotiated outcome as opposed to spending legal fees in litigation.
- the meaning of “for cause” vs “without cause” terminations
- how to recognize high risk terminations
- the potential cost of dismissing a long service employee
- practical tips for ending employment relationships
- complying with legislative requirements, the Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
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