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Designed for Human Resources 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 which 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

  • Stuart Rudner, Rudner Law
  • Natalie MacDonald, MacDonald & Associates

Supporting Faculty Included:

  • Jill Bartley, CHRL, Chief Operations Officer, Hope and Healing International
  • Mark Edgar, Founder, Goat Rodeo Project
  • Andrea Garson, Founder and Principal, Breaking Glass Inc. HR Consulting
  • Brittany Taylor, Rudner Law
  • Gordana Terkalas, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Aecon



Fees include online attendance and electronic copies of 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

October 13, 14, 19 and 20, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$3,495 + 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 strategies at a leadership level.
  • No prerequisite is required for enrolment.

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Approved by HRPA for 24 Continuing Professional Development hours

“Excellent content, fantastic workshop with live examples and knowledgeable facilitators”
Laura De Filippis, Director, Human Resources, Almag Aluminum

Natalie shared invaluable insights into HR Law and the employment relationship. Her scenario-based approach was particularly effective at brining about meaningful dialogue and a greater appreciation for applicable legal provisions, risks and options. Her expertise, passion and authenticity made for a truly exceptional learning experience”
Adriana Poloz, Special Advisor, RCMP

“I would highly recommend this program to anyone in the human resources field. The information I received will benefit me as I move forward in my career.”
Tanya Scott, Human Resources Manager, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

“The instructors and experiences shared are second to none!…Well structured and well-delivered”
Sammy Onyeama-Asonye, Employee Services Supervisor, Halifax Metro Transit

“Stuart and his team are always at the top of their game and provide relevant, practicable information/insights”
Matt LeMaire, VP of People and Operations, Peel Mutual Insurance