Fundamentals of Employment Law for Team Leads, Supervisors and Managers

Conestoga Chapter Office

515 Riverbend Drive, Unit 101, Kitchener, ON, N2K 3S3 [Map]
Date and Time: October 03, 2018 9am - 12:15pm


The Employment Relationship Cycle

At every step of the employment relationship from advertising an opening, to interviewing a candidate, to hiring and firing an employee, missteps can cause issues that lead to legal action. As a team lead, supervisor or manager you need to be aware of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Join us to learn more about employment law and how it affects your role in the insurance industry.

This half-day interactive presentation is designed to provide a practical understanding of employment law. The session will focus on non-unionized workplaces in Ontario. It is suitable for individuals involved in hiring, managing, supervising, disciplining and terminating workers, and implementing workplace policies and procedures.

The session will help participants gain an understanding of the provincial standards and common law principles of employment law to handle employment issues that arise on a day-to-day basis.

The employment relationship has been likened to a marriage, and that analogy will form to basis of the exploration of the following subject matter:

  • The Courtship

    • What kind of a relationship do you want? What’s the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

  • Common mistakes in recruitment and how to avoid them

  • The Engagement

    • The proposal and the pre-nuptial agreement: The benefits, best practices and pitfalls of hire offers and contracts of employment.

    • The Marriage
      • Maintaining the relationship: Dealing with poor performance, leaves of absence and misconduct

    • The Divorce

      • Ending the relationship: what’s the difference between "lay off", "termination" and "severance"?

      • The termination package: what does it include and how much?

      • Good faith and the "art" of the termination meeting

      • About the Presenter: Patricia Forte, BA , LLB, CRM, Miller Thomson LLP

        Patricia provides insightful advice and skilled advocacy in the following core areas:

        Insurance litigation: focusing on the defence of property, casualty, and disability claims. She provides opinions on coverage, policy interpretation, and compliance with statutory and policy requirements.

        Employment law: advising clients about employment standards, contracts, policies, privacy, restrictive covenants, workplace investigations, employment discipline, termination, wrongful dismissal claims, and human rights complaints.

        Legal risk management services: offering legal risk audits, risk management planning, training, and education.  Pat leverages her knowledge of the law and emerging legal issues to help clients to safeguard against individual and business risks, losses, and hazards.

        Pat obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and her law degree from Western University. She was called to the bar in 1997. Pat also holds leadership positions within the firm – as the Waterloo Office Managing Partner (2014-present) and as the Southwestern Ontario Litigation Practice Liaison. Pat regularly speaks and writes on current topics of interest and about emerging legal trends on her firm’s Insurance Law Blog and on Twitter (@PatForteMT).

        The price of our half-day seminars include breakfast snacks upon arrival and morning refreshment.

        Register today!

        Number of Credits: 3 RIBO Management Hours

        Cancellation Policy: No refunds, credit notes issued only with 48 hour written notice.

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