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Designed for HR leaders who wish to ratchet up their skills and knowledge to the next level. Using an in-depth case study method under the guidance of leading legal and HR experts, you will delve deeply into the most challenging issues in workplace law—and be better positioned to implement or reinforce best HR strategies and practices reflecting the latest law.

  • Understanding in depth the rationale for provisions relating to termination, bonuses, commissions, stock options, continuance of benefits, non-solicitation and non-competition clauses (failure to understand these can lead to costly litigation)
  • Strategic approaches to the framing and drafting of workplace policies and procedures and employment contracts
  • Effectively planning and managing performance and performance improvement plans
  • What the law requires, and what represents proactive best practices, in strategies for accommodation
  • Overcoming the challenges posed by workplace harassment and mental health issues in the workplace
  • Termination: managing and limiting the risks
  • Understanding the formal mediation and litigation processes which come into play if informal resolution does not succeed.

A key element of this program is the in-depth case-study method which will run continuously throughout the successive modules, enhanced by ‘fireside chats’ and input from distinguished HR VPs and senior directors.


Program Directors & Teaching Faculty

  • Natalie C. MacDonald, MacDonald & Associates
  • Stuart E. Rudner, Rudner Law
  • Jill Bartley, Chief Operating Officer, cbm Canada
  • Sandra Bennett, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, Durham College
  • Mark Edgar, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, RSA
  • Andrea Garson, Principal, Breaking Glass HR Consulting & Course Director in Human Resource Management, York University [formerly VP of Human Resources at Workopolis]
  • Donna Pascal, Vice-President, Human Resources and Talent Management, Dynacare
  • Betsy L. Smith, Vice President, Human Resources, ECN Capital
  • Gordana Terkalas, Vice-President, Human Resources, Aecon Inc.



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 4 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and 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 Advanced Human Resources Law For Senior HR Executives. Participants must attend all program modules and pass the in-class 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.


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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

November 30, December 1, 7 & 8, 2017


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

Fee per Delegate

$3,395 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • HR Professionals with significant experience in the field and/or an interest in HR stratagies at leadership level.

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Approved by HRPA for 24 Continuing Professional Development hours

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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