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Navigating the Employment Standards Act

The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) is the chief piece of legislation regulating your workplace. This seminar explores everything from minimum wage to hours of work, vacations with pay, emergency, maternity, parental and compassionate care leaves, and termination and severance pay.

What you’ll learn from this session:

  • Tips on how to maintain compliance proactively
  • Recent and emerging developments, and a chance to work through practical problems
  • How to deal with and respond to ESA-related complaints and enforcement


Susan E. Sorensen, Associate Director, Macquarie North America Ltd.
Susan Sorensen is an associate director at Macquarie North America Ltd., working from the
Toronto office as the Employee Relations Lead for Canada and as in-house employment counsel.

Ms. Sorensen was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2000. She graduated from Queens University Law School in 1998. Prior to law school, Susan majored in political science and received
both an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Susan practiced employment and labour law for 15 years, including as a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Areas of Practice
Ms. Sorensen practices in the area of labour and employment law.

Professional Experience
Ms. Sorensen had advised both private and public sector employers in labour
relations and employment law matters, including the administration of
collective agreements, employee terminations, disciplinary and appropriate workplace behaviour
investigations, structuring and negotiation of severance packages, employee discipline, drafting of
employment contracts, employee handbooks and employment policies, sexual and racial harassment, employment standards, workers’ compensation, and human rights issues. Ms. Sorensen has appeared before a variety of courts and administrative tribunals. Ms. Sorensen is a co-author of the text Employment Law: Solutions for the Canadian Workplace, Specialty Technical Publishers

Professional and Community Activities
Member of the Ontario & Canadian Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section, Ontario. For the past 10 years, Ms. Sorensen has been a regular session leader and speaker for the HRPA.

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September 21, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM​
Event Type
Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development  

7 Hr
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Yorkville Conference Centre
150 Bloor Street West
Suite 200
Toronto, ON
M5S 2X9
HRPA Members: $395 + Taxes
Non-Members: $475 + Taxes
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