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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.

Practice case studies and accompanying toolkits and precedents will be provided to maximize your understanding of this evolving and notoriously vexing area.

  • 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 case law 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

Faculty

Program Director

  • Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resource Law

Advisory Board

  • Donna Hardaker, Director Wellness Works, Mental Health America of California (MHAC)
  • Sapna Mahajan, MPH, PMP, CHE, Director, Programs and Priorities, Mental Health Commission
    of Canada
  • Sari Sairanen, National Director, Health and Safety, Unifor
  • 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

Program Faculty

  • Dr. Nadia Aleem, Psychiatrist & Lecturer, Brain & Therapeutics, Work Stress and Health Clinic, Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Daniel Chodos, Whitten & Lublin Employment Lawyers
  • Jonathan L. Dye, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Maria Gergin, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Brian Gottheil, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
  • Addie Greco-Sanchez, RRP, RVP, CVRP, President, AGS Rehab Solutions Inc.
  • Sarah Jenner, Executive Director, Mindful Employer Canada
  • Krista Kais-Prial, Israel Foulon LLP
  • Sapna Mahajan, MPH, PMP, CHE, Director, Programs and Priorities, Mental Health Commission
    of Canada
  • Robin Martin, Deputy Fire Chief, City of Kitchener Fire Department
  • Christine O’Donohue, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Jeffrey S. Percival, Pallett Valo LLP
  • Asha Rampersad, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
  • Mitchell Rose, Mediator and Settlement Counsel, Rose Dispute Resolution, Toronto
  • 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
  • Drew Sousa, RN, COHN (C), Executive Director,
    Ontario Occupational Health
    Nurses Association
  • Dr. Ari Zaretsky, MD, FRCPC,
    Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Vice President Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Fees

Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program.

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.

Cancellations and Substitutions

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 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

FAQs

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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

October 7, 8, 21 & 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
In Person and Webcast

Location

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

Fee per Delegate

$2,795 + HST

Government Rate: $2,395 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $1,397.50 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

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Who Should Attend

  • HR Professionals
  • Health and Safety Professionals
  • Union Representatives

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