Date Time Speaker Room
Friday, February 03, 201210:25 AM - 11:15 AM
Bettina Burgess, Lawyer
Lesley Love, Lawyer


Any company that employs foreign workers or requires Ontario workers to travel into the U.S. needs to understand the multiple domestic and foreign laws that come into play. Find out all about the recruiting, screening, hiring and firing process from start to finish. Discuss what to do when a “bad hire” needs to be fired, the additional financial exposure to your company and how to avoid it through background checks, appropriate agreements and more.


  • Examine requirements for temporary visas, business visitors and frequent cross-border travel
  • Explore the appropriate background checks you should conduct in order to avoid “bad hires”
  • Avoid liability during the recruiting process, particularly human rights exposure
  • Learn how to populate a workforce with temporary foreign workers, proactively determining their eligibility to work in Canada
  • Examine best practices for working collaboratively through the visa process (Canadian and U.S.) if an individual is hired
  • Understand the appropriate employment agreements to be implemented, including the unique clauses required when hiring a foreign worker or relocating Ontario workers
  • Legally relocate Ontario workers into the U.S.
  • Hear how to terminate the employment of a foreign worker in Ontario or the U.S. with as little financial exposure as possible


Bettina Burgess advises Canadian businesses, from start-ups to established firms, on a wide range of employment issues. Bettina assists in drafting employment or independent consultant contracts, confidentiality and work product agreements, policies and handbooks. She also advises on methods of reducing employer liability and risk, employment standards statutory compliance, human rights compliance (including accommodation and investigating allegations of discrimination) and how to handle and structure a termination. She has defended wrongful dismissal actions and human rights applications from commencement to resolution through negotiated settlement or hearings.

Lesley Love is a lawyer with Gowlings’ Waterloo office, practising in the employment and labour law group. Lesley specializes in Canadian and American immigration matters, providing customized immigration services to individuals and businesses.  Lesley writes and speaks on a variety of immigration topics.