Seminars

The Employment, Labour and Public Law Group's frequently offers Seminars that are specifically designed to assist non-lawyers, and in particular, company owners, and Human Resource Managers in acquiring the legal know-how necessary to resolve difficult human resource issues, on a preventative basis, without recourse to expensive lawyers and costly litigation. In Human Resources, as in other fields of endeavour, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Each of these hour-long seminars is given under the auspices of an experienced Ottawa employment lawyer who specializes in the topic of the seminar.

A question and answer period follows the presentation, providing a unique opportunity to get expert legal advice on any workplace problems which you or your company are currently encountering - free of charge.

For information on upcoming seminars contact Cathy Davis, Employment Law Clerk Phone: 613-782-3235 or davisc@solowaywright.com.

Below is a list of some of our past Employment and Labour Law Breakfast Seminars.

Winter 2016 Seminar Series:

November 16, 23 & 30, 2016, Ontario Bill 132 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – What Steps Are All Ontario Employers Now Urgently Required To Take This Fall, To Comply With Bill 132?, (Ottawa Seminar for HR Managers and CEO’s).

Winter/Spring 2015 Seminar Series:

June 23, 2015, Tips for HR Managers: 10 Key Precautions to Avoid Triggering Costly Wrongful Dismissal Litigation, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, (Kingston Seminar for HR Managers).
March 25, 2015, Your Duty of Religious Accommodation to Employees, Infonex Professional Development, (Ottawa Seminar for Federal Government HR Director Generals and HR Managers).
March 10, 2015, 7 Ways to Cut Your Company’s Litigation and Employee Termination Costs, Clariti Group Inc., (Ottawa Seminar for Human Resource Executives and CEO’s).
January 20, 2015, Tips from the Trenches: 10 Key Precautions, prior to the Termination Meeting, to Avoid Triggering Costly Wrongful Dismissal Litigation, Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, (Ottawa Seminar for HR Managers).

Winter 2011 Seminar Series:
November 30th, 2011, How to Conduct a Watertight Termination Interview Without Risking a Costly Lawsuit.
November 17th, 2011, Determining How much Departure Money you Need to Pay the Unsatisfactory Employee.
November 9th, 2011, Determining Whether You have Just Cause to Dismiss the Unsatisfactory Employee.

Spring 2011 Seminar Series:
March 1st, 2011, The Duty to Accommodate: Mental Illness & the Workplace.

Fall/Winter 2010 Seminar Series:
November 25th, 2010, How can you Reduce Your Financial Liabilities when Terminating Sick/Disabled Employees?
November 17th, 2010, What Duty do you have to Accommodate Sick/Disabled Employees?
November 10th, 2010, When, and How, can you Terminate Your Sick/Disabled Employees?

Summer 2010 Seminar Series:
June 17th, 2010, Bill 168: Are you Completely ready for the Changes? What further steps should you be taking?

Spring 2010 Seminar Series:
February 26th, 2010, The Government's Interpretation and Enforcement of Bill 139: How the Ministry of Labour plans to interpret and enforce key provisions of Bill 139.
February 19th, 2010, Preventative Strategies for Coping with Bill 139: What urgent measures should you be adopting, NOW, to minimize the law's harmful impact on your staffing business?
February 12th, 2010, Key Components of Bill 139: What do you need to know about the law to survive in the post-November 6, 2009 staffing world?
February 5th, 2010, Bill 139: The Dangers of Treating Employees as "Consultants" or "Independent Contractors".

Fall/Winter 2009 Seminar Series:
December 2nd, 2009, Bill 139: Calculating Termination and Severance Pay (and Periods of Employment) and making sense of the termination and severance exemptions work for your staffing Company.
November 18th, 2009, Bill 139: Making the Definite Term and Specific Task Exemptions Work for your Staffing Company.
November 10th, 2009, Bill 139: Making your Independent Contractor Exemption Work for Your Staffing Company.
November 3rd, 2009, Bill 139: Transferring Employees back and forth between Related Staffing Companies, Between Private Sector and Federal Government Clients and Between Ottawa and Gatineau.
October 28th, 2009, The Government's Interpretation and Enforcement of Bill 139: How the Ministry of Labour plans to interpret and enforce key provisions of Bill 139.
September 9th, 2009, Preventative Strategies for Coping with Bill 139: What urgent measures should you be adopting, NOW, to minimize the law's harmful impact on your staffing business?
September 2nd, 2009, Key Components of Bill 139: What do you need to know about the law to survive in the post-November 6, 2009 staffing world?

Fall 2008 Seminar Series:
October 29th 2008, Key Components of the Employment Standards Act: How do you stay out of trouble.
November 5th, 2008, Workplace Bullying or Harassment: How do you avoid lawsuits from both the aggressor and the victim?
November 12th, 2008, Giving References: When can you be sued for giving them and for not giving them? How do you protect yourself?
November 19th, 2008, Inappropriate Use and Abuse of the Internet and E-mails by your Employees: How do you prevent it?
November 26th, 2008, Coping with Sick, Disabled and Aging Employees: How do you reduce your bottom line without acting acting illegally, unethically or inhumanely?
December 3rd, 2008, Key Components of the Employment Standards Act: How do You Stay out of Trouble?

Winter 2008 Seminar Series:
January 31st, 2008, Reorganizing Your Workforce Without Courting Constructive Dismissal Claims: Are You at Risk?
January 24th, 2008, The Perils and Legal Pitfalls of Overtime: What Employers Need to Know Before Time Runs Out.
January 17th, 2008, What to Expect When Your Employees are Expecting: The Do's and Don'ts of Implementing Pregnancy Leave.
January 10th, 2008, Drafting Effective Employee Handbooks: How to Avoid Costly Mistakes.

Fall 2007 Seminar Series:
December 4th, 2007, Common Mistakes in Implementing Pregnancy, Parental and Emergency Leave.
November 27th, 2007, How to Draft Water-Tight Employee Contracts and Employee Handbooks.
November 20th, 2007, How To Go About Dismissing Key Employees Without Fall-Out to Your Business.
November 13th, 2007, The Perils and Legal Pitfalls of Letting your Employees Do Overtime Work.
November 6th, 2007, The Do's and Don'ts of Hiring and Releasing Probationary Employees.
October 30th, 2007, Determining Whether or Not You Have Just Cause To Dismiss Problematic Employees.
October 23rd, 2007, Reorganizing Your Workforce Without Risking Constructive Dismissal Claims.

Spring 2007 Seminar Series:
June 26th, 2007, Employers' legal liabilities arising from office parties and social functions.
June 19th, 2007, The dangers of treating employees as "consultants" or "independent contractors".
June 12th, 2007, Preventing others from stealing your workers, your clients and your confidential business know-how.
June 5th, 2007, Hiring Away Your Competitor's Key Employees.