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Do you have a solid understanding of the still-evolving laws governing the employment relationship and its risks for employers? Can you appropriately conduct workplace investigations and implement practical, timely solutions? Benefit from our distinguished faculty’s expertise and insights in these and other key areas, at this eleventh offering of the acclaimed Certificate program.

Key takeaways from this certificate:

  • Do’s and Don’t’s 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
  • Addressing equity, diversity and inclusion obligations, with tips and tools for reducing discrimination complaints
  • 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

  • Natalie C. MacDonald, MacDonald & Associates
  • Stuart E. Rudner, Rudner Law

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
  • Ryan Campbell, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Sarah Crossley, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Bethan Dinning, BCE Inc.
  • R. Mark Fletcher, Grosman Gale Fletcher Hopkins LLP
  • Chris Foulon, Israel Foulon LLP
  • Natalie C. MacDonald, MacDonald & Associates
  • Richard J. Nixon, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Kevin A. Robinson, Robinson Employment Law
  • Stuart E. Rudner, Rudner Law
  • Krista Siedlak, Turnpenney Milne LLP
  • Lisa Stam, SpringLaw LLP
  • Monty Verlint, Littler LLP
  • Jeremy Warning, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
  • Ozlem Yucel, Turnpenney Milne LLP


HRPA Accreditation

This program has been approved for 30 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).


Fees include attendance and program materials. Please inquire about financial assistance. 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 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

March 26 & 30, April 16 & 20, and May 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Fee per Delegate

$4,295 plus HST

Public Sector Rate: $3,795 plus HST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $2,147.50

Registration for this program is closed.

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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“The difficulty and potential pitfalls and dangers of investigations and terminating an employment relationship are topics which can always use more fleshing-out and… the sessions were excellent in that regard. They will surely prove useful in helping protect our organization”

Matt LeMaire, VP of Human Resources, Peel Mutual Insurance

“This course is a wise investment for any company that wants to ensure a profitable and positive future with a happy and healthy workforce. The program content was excellent and the all of the speakers were engaging and informative.”

Jennifer Christian, The Guild of Automotive Restorers

“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.