Durham: 04.15.2020 CANCELLED Containing the Impact of Conduct that Derails EDI

Date and Time

Starts:04/15/2020 5:30 PM

Ends:04/15/2020 9:00 PM

Registration Closes:03/27/2020 4:00 PM

2 hours Hour(s)


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Durham: 04.15.2020 CANCELLED Containing the Impact of Conduct that Derails EDI in the Workplace

Many organizations don’t adequately address the fallout that occurs when situations arise that impact equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace. This impact occurs when allegations are made; during investigations and after investigations are concluded when many organizations falsely believe it’s back to business as usual. 

This session will explore the complexity of dealing with certain misconduct allegations and incidents, such as those that involve discriminatory harassment, micro aggressions and exclusion, and how to pre-empt the significant relationship and reputational damage, and setbacks to diversity and inclusion initiatives, that can result when these situations arise in the workplace. 

Learning Objectives

• Through relevant, real world case studies, explore the complexities of misconduct allegations that relate to diversity and inclusion 

• Discuss practical strategies and methods to address complex misconduct allegations in a manner that minimizes workplace fallout

• Identify how to proactively set conduct expectations to mitigate discrimination-related risks

• Explore methods to contain the negative impact of EDI-related allegations on the workplace and steps that can be taken to restore morale and culture


5:30 pm Networking and Registration 

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Speaker

9:00 pm Adjournment

Speaker bio(s)
Laura  Williams

As the founder and principal of Markham-based Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting, Laura boasts more than 16 years of experience providing strategic advice and legal representation to employers on a full range of labour and employment law matters. Her core practice areas include pre-termination advice and strategy, workplace safety and insurance, wrongful dismissal actions, union organizing and certification, grievance arbitration, human rights, investigations, harassment management, privacy, employment standards, workplace policies, employment contracts and workplace culture recovery.

Laura is passionate about providing her clients with proactive advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost their bottom line performance. She is widely recognized as a leader in helping employers leverage innovative strategies to reduce liability and costs derived from ineffective and non-compliant workplace practices.

Laura has been featured in various industry magazines and human resources publications including PROFIT magazine, where she provides monthly expertise and insights on a wide range of employment law and employee engagement issues. Laura has also been featured in various publications including HR Professional Magazine, Canadian HR Reporter and Canadian Employment Law Today. In addition, Laura has appeared in national broadcast and print media including CTV News, CBC Radio and the Globe and Mail. She speaks frequently at human resources law seminars and conferences and regularly conducts workshops and in-house training for employers as well as for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Laura is an instructor of the Labour Relations course in The University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies Human Resources Management Program.

In addition to her work, Laura is the proud mother of three, as well as a member of various professional organizations and community service associations.

In March 2013, Williams HR Law was honoured with the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Business Achievement Award and in 2014 was awarded York Region Small Business of the Year.