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Doing Business in Canada: Navigating the Labor and Employment Law Maze from Across the Border - DVD

Doing Business in Canada: Navigating the Labor and Employment Law Maze from Across the Border - DVD

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Doing Business in Canada: Navigating the Labor and Employment Law Maze from Across the Border - on DVD

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.

You'll learn:

  • How to tell if you’re in Canada’s federal or provincial jurisdiction
  • Tips for understanding cause for dismissal and terminating without notice
  • The certification process surrounding a wage and hour claim in Canada -- and how to tell if there’s a genuine claim
  • How workplace harassment and violence are defined and applied by Canadian courts
  • Absence-control programs and human rights under Canadian employment law
  • The types of employment discrimination that are prohibited by Canadian law
  • The gamut of public benefit plans in Canada, including universal health insurance, employment insurance, and the Canada/Quebec pension plans
  • And much, much more

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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FACULTY:

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.

 

 

Doing Business in Canada: Navigating the Labor and Employment Law Maze from Across the Border - on DVD

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)

  • How to tell if you’re in Canada’s federal or provincial jurisdiction
  • Key employment statutes employers doing business in Canada MUST know about
  • The rights non-union employees enjoy and key union labor relations topics
  • Which human rights and antidiscrimination laws you need to have a handle on
  • Your obligations to prevent and correct sexual harassment north of the border
  • Employment benefits and government plans in Canada

11:00 a.m.–11:30 am: Terminations in Canada: Understanding the Difference Between Wrongful Dismissal and Cause for Dismissal
(Chuck Harrison)   

  • The reasonable notice requirement to comply with, even though “at will” doesn’t apply in Canada
  • Tips for understanding cause for dismissal and terminating without notice
  • What dismissal by accident and the doctrine of “constructive dismissal” mean when operating in Canada
  • Categories of damages and sources of employer liability for termination missteps in Canada -- and how you can avoid them
  • Best practices for conducting legal terminations in Canada

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11:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.: Morning Break
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11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Wage and Hour Class Actions
(Brian Smeenk)
 

  • The certification process surrounding a wage and hour claim in Canada -- and how to tell if there’s a genuine claim
  • How to tell if there’s an identifiable class, and the common issues those class members may share
  • Whether class action is the preferable procedure
  • Real-life examples of big-name employers, such as KPMG, CIBC, Scotiabank, and CN Rail, that have found themselves at the center of significant wage and hour storms

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12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m.: Extended Break for Lunch
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1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Harassment and Workplace Violence in Canada: Sound Policies and Practices
(Louise Bechamp)
 

  • The legislation many Canadian jurisdictions have enacted to prevent and prohibit workplace violence and harassment
  • How workplace harassment and violence are defined and applied by Canadian courts
  • Your obligations to prevent workplace violence and harassment or have it ceased, including prevention policies and investigations of harassment complaints
  • Recourse options in cases of harassment
  • The appropriate disciplinary action to take against a violent employee or an employee guilty of harassment

1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Disabilities and Accommodation
(Chuck Harrison)

  • The concepts of innocent absenteeism and frustration of contract
  • Human rights considerations: Your duty to accommodate
  • Absence-control programs and human rights under Canadian employment law
  • What “undue hardship” means in Canada and the limit placed on the duty to accommodate north of the border

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2:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.: Afternoon Break
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2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Human Rights, Discrimination Law, and Family and Medical Leave in Canada
(Brian Smeenk)

  • The types of employment discrimination that are prohibited by Canadian law
  • The importance of having thorough and updated human rights policies
  • Enforcement: The administrative process in Canada vs. court actions
  • Human rights claims as part of wrongful dismissal in Ontario and some other provinces
  • Family leave in Canada: The statutory rights Canadian employees enjoy and the evolving law of family status accommodation rights in Canada

3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Canada’s Public and Private Benefit Plans Explained
(Louise Bechamp)

  • The gamut of public benefit plans in Canada, including universal health insurance, employment insurance, and the Canada/Quebec pension plans
  • What these public plans cover and how they are funded
  • The supplementary plans many employers provide, including group insurance plans, supplemental employment benefit plans, and supplemental pension plans
  • How these private plans differ from the public plans and how the costs of these plans typically are shared between the employer and the employees
  • Types of supplemental pension plans

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.

Have a specific question related to the topic of this audio conference? Post it here and get an answer during the event, time permitting, or in a follow-up e-mail from the audio conference presenter. This is only available to audio conference registrants.

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