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A multidisciplinary faculty will explain the law and best practices for reducing legal risk while creating and maintaining a psychologically safe work environment. Practical case studies and accompanying toolkits and precedents will be provided to maximize your understanding of this evolving and notoriously vexing area.

Topics covered include:

  • How to have the conversation when you are concerned about an employee’s mental health
  • What resources are available in responding to mental health problems?
  • To what extent do employers face a legal duty of care in relation to employees’ psychological wellbeing?
  • Does the existence of the voluntary National Standard For Psychological Health and Safety In the Workplace create a default standard by which courts will measure employers?
  • The effect of Bill 132 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act on employers’ duties
  • Are employers liable for negligent or intentional infliction of mental harm during the employment relationship and after it ends?
  • Trends in the caselaw on damage awards for mental distress claims
  • Accommodating mental health disabilities in the workplace: the AODA and the Human Rights Code
  • Addressing substance abuse problems – including impact on performance, legal liabilities, accidents, sick leave and benefit costs, and the status of ‘last chance’ agreements
  • Creating inclusive attendance management policies and return-to-work programs that appropriately consider mental health contexts
  • Early and successful returns to work after mental-health-related absences
  • How unions, health and safety committees, occupational health nurses and employers can effectively work together and further the organization’s due diligence strategy


Program Director

  • Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resource Law


  • Mary Ann Baynton, Mary Ann Baynton & Associates
  • Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCP (C), Occupational Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Staff Psychiatrist, Centre For Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Daniel Chodos, Whitten & Lublin Professional Corporation
  • Addie Greco-Sanchez, RRP, RVP, CVRP, President, AGS Rehab Solutions Inc.
  • Bernard King, Staff Representative, OPSEU – Region 5 Toronto
  • Diane Laranja, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • N. Anneli LeGault, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Sapna Mahajan, Director, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, Workplace, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Deanna Matzanke, Director, Client Services, Canadian Centre For Diversity and Inclusion
  • Asha Rampersad, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
  • Natasha Savoline, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
  • Dr. Martin Shain, S.J.D., Founder and Principal, Neighbour at Work Centre™ & Adjunct Lecturer, Occupational and Environmental Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • More Faculty Announced Soon


HRPA Accreditation

Approved by HRPA for 24 Continuing Professional Development hours.


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Workplace Mental Health Law. Participants must attend all program modules and pass the post-program multiple choice assessment to receive a certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Paul Truster at ptruster@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

December 5, 6, 12 & 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor, Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$2,795 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • HR Professionals
  • Health and Safety Professionals
  • Union Representatives

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Approved by HRPA for 24 Continuing Professional Development hours

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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