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Creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace has never been more important. In this exclusively online and highly interactive program, a multidisciplinary faculty will explain the law and best practices for reducing legal risk while creating and maintaining a psychologically safe work environment.

  • 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
  • The impact of COVID-19 on workplace mental health


Program Directors

  • Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
  • Brian Gottheil, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

Advisory Board

  • Donna Hardaker, Manager, Workplace Mental Health and Peer Engagement, Sutter Heath, Sacramento, California
  • Sapna Mahajan, MPH, PMP, CHE, Director, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Sari Sairanen, National Director, Health and Safety, Unifor

Past Program Faculty Included:

  • Dr. Nadia Aleem, Psychiatrist & Lecturer, Brain & Therapeutics, Work Stress and Health Clinic, Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCP(C), Occupational Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Lauren Bernardi, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
  • Daniel Chodos, Whitten & Lublin Employment Lawyers
  • Jonathan L. Dye, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti 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, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, 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
  • Drew Sousa, RN, COHN (C), Executive Director, Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association
  • Carissa Tanzola, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Dr. Ari Zaretsky, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Vice President Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto


HRPA Accreditation

This program has been approved for 24 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).


Fees include online attendance and program materials

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 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:
David Thomas at dthomas@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

November 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$2,995 + HST

Newly Licensed (2018-Present): $1,497.50 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Occupational Health & Safety Professionals
  • Disability and Return-to-Work Managers
  • Trade Union Representatives
  • Employment and Labour Relations Consultants
  • Workplace Mediators and Arbitrators
  • Workplace Mental Health Professionals/Advocates

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