Employers contemplating operations in Canada and those already operating there need to understand the complexities of Canadian employment laws. Most are very different from those in the United States and carry potential legal liability for the unprepared.
From workers’ compensation to how the provinces and territories view employment equity, U.S. employers who want to hire employees and operate in Canada have a number of requirements starting with pre-employment practices and employment contracts. Because both Canadian federal and provincial governments have jurisdiction over employment, it is important that you know which one regulates your industry and how to abide by their laws.
If you’re already employing in Canada -- or are preparing to do so -- participate in this interactive online conference, and get up to date on the laws and regs so you can stay in compliance.
This lively satisfaction-guaranteed event packs hours full of real-world, practical, use-it-now guidance for employing in Canada. No travel required -- all you need is an Internet connection and a telephone to benefit from this fast-paced and crucial review of your rights and obligations.
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Brian P. Smeenk is a Toronto partner in Fasken Martineau’s Labour, Employment & Human Rights Group. He is also editor-in-chief of HR Hero’s Northern Exposure: Employment Law for U.S. Companies with Operations in Canada blog and a member of the Employers Counsel Network.
Louise Béchamp is a Montreal partner in Fasken Martineau’s Labour, Employment & Human Rights Group. She focuses mainly on employment and labor law, and she has significant experience in federal law matters. The clients under federal jurisdiction that she frequently represents come from many sectors, including the railway industry, telecommunications, and banking.
Chuck Harrison is a partner in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights practice group. He represents clients in a variety of provincially regulated business sectors including utilities, municipal government, shipyards, construction and the forest industry. He also has a substantial practice in federally regulated business sectors including maritime industries, telecommunications, trucking, railways and air transport. Chuck provides clients with proactive and strategic labour and employment advice in the context of major projects, business restructuring, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. He regularly represents clients as counsel in labour arbitrations, labour board hearings, mediation, human rights and other proceedings. Chuck provides legal services through C.G. Harrison Law Corporation.
FULL AGENDA (All Times Central)
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Passport, Please: The Realities of Doing Business in Canada
(Brian Smeenk, Chuck Harrison, and Louise Bechamp)
11:00 a.m.–11:30 am: Terminations in Canada: Understanding the Difference Between Wrongful Dismissal and Cause for Dismissal
11:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Morning Break
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Wage and Hour Class Actions
12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m.: Extended Break for Lunch
1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Harassment and Workplace Violence in Canada: Sound Policies and Practices
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Disabilities and Accommodation
2:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Break
2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Human Rights, Discrimination Law, and Family and Medical Leave in Canada
3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Canada’s Public and Private Benefit Plans Explained
3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Q & A With Conference Attendees
In this last segment, pose your toughest employment law questions about doing business in Canada to our expert faculty live via e-mail or Twitter.