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Do you have a complete understanding of the many laws governing the employment relationship and the legal risks that arise in the workplace? Can you properly conduct a workplace investigation and implement a practical and timely solution? Do you know the industry’s best practices for social media? You may have questions and we’re here to help. Benefit from our experienced faculty’s insights at the ninth offering of this certificate program.

Key takeaways from this certificate:

  • “Dos” and “Don’ts” when drafting employment agreements
  • Determining who is covered by the Employment Standards Act and navigating key issues, including:
    • overtime pay
    • minimum wage
    • leaves of absence
    • pregnancy leave
    • personal emergency leave
    • employees’ obligations when on leave
    • termination of employment, and
    • severance pay
  • Resolving Human Rights Code claims
  • The requirements and impact of Bill 132
  • Addressing equity, diversity and accommodation obligations, with tips and tools for reducing discrimination complaints and protecting your organization against claims
  • Occupational health and safety: the key provisions
  • Practical strategies regarding the duty to accommodate
  • Practical considerations when assessing the legitimacy of a refusal of unsafe work
  • A comprehensive guide to conducting workplace investigations:
    • pre-investigative steps
    • the investigative process
    • best practices for the interview process
    • making a finding and preparing your report, and
    • remedies to consider
  • Terminating the employment relationship and minimizing your legal exposure
  • Checking references: what you can and cannot do
  • What is included in an effective release
  • The workplace in the social media age: confronting the challenges and risks


Program Directors

  • Stuart E. Rudner, Rudner MacDonald LLP
  • Natalie C. MacDonald, Rudner MacDonald LLP

Advisory Board

  • Michael Bach, Founder and CEO, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sunil Kapur, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Richard J. Nixon, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Mardi Walker, Vice President, Human Resources, JemPak GK Inc.
  • Karen R. Bock, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Sarah C. Crossley, Littler LLP
  • Johnathan L. Dye, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Robert England, Miller Thomson LLP
  • R. Mark Fletcher, Grosman, Grosman & Gale LLP
  • Chris Foulon, Israel Foulon LLP
  • Michelle S. Henry, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Barry Kuretzky, Littler LLP
  • Natalie C. MacDonald, Rudner MacDonald LLP
  • Catherine Milne, Turnpenney Milne LLP
  • Richard J. Nixon, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Kevin A. Robinson, Robinson Heeney LLP
  • Stuart E. Rudner, Rudner MacDonald LLP
  • Krista Siedlak, Turnpenney Milne LLP
  • Lisa Stam, Spring Law
  • Cody Yorke, Associate, Rudner MacDonald LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 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 HR Law for HR Professionals. Participants must attend at least 4 of the 5 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.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Paul Truster

Program Details

Date & Time

March 23, 28 and April 5, 10 & 18, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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

Fee per Delegate

$4,295 plus HST

Email us to be notified once the next session becomes available.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • HR Professionals/Executives
  • VPs/Directors/Managers of Human Resources
  • VPs/Directors/Managers of Labour Relations
  • Supervisors and Managers
  • Disability and Return to Work Managers
  • Training and Benefits Specialists
  • HR Consultants
  • Mediators and Arbitrators of Employment and Labour Law Disputes
  • HR, Employment and/or Labour Relations Consultants
  • Business Owners
  • Private practice HR lawyers or in-house lawyers looking to gain a better understanding of practical solutions to key issues

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Approved by HRPA for 30 Continuing Professional Development hours

“Best of the best. Knowledgeable, useful, timely. Very helpful and has immediate benefits as soon as I get back to work.”

Randi Jakobsen, Director, Payroll, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

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.