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The Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law

5 Days over 5 Weeks |  Toronto, Canada

Learn from a “who’s who” of more than 30 experts from management
and union, private and public sector.

Uncertain and changing economies have put increasing pressures on both employers and unions. If you’re involved with labour relations, it’s more important than ever to have a solid understanding of the law to work from. The Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law was created to provide those without a law degree or specific expertise in labour law, a comprehensive and practical overview of Ontario labour law.

Taught by a highly distinguished faculty of experts drawn from management, union and government, the program covers the key principles and practices you should know, together with practical insights, strategies and tactics for tackling the most pressing contemporary issues in labour law. This is a unique opportunity to get not only a comprehensive overview but also “drill down” into the key issues and challenges that are likely to come across your desk. You’ll also receive materials prepared by the speakers that will provide a valuable ongoing resource.

What You Will Learn:

  • Key labour law statutes – overview of the statutory and regulatory regime
  • Sector specific labour relations – agricultural; crown employees, hospitals, teachers, colleges and emergency services (police/fire/ambulance)
  • Union organization
  • Displacement and termination applications
  • Remedies for unfair labour practices
  • Collective bargaining workshops: practical, hands-on exercises
  • Collective bargaining rights under the Charter
  • When collective bargaining fails: dispute resolution models
  • The right to strike/lockout
  • Compulsory arbitration and interest arbitration
  • Grievance arbitration
  • Restructuring the union environment: including the sale, transfer or closure of the business
  • The law of industrial conflict
  • The use of “back-to-work” legislation
  • Workplace investigations in a unionized environment

Who Should Attend:

  • VPs, Directors and Managers of Labour Relations
  • VPs, Directors and Managers of Human Resources
  • Union Presidents, Officials, Business Agents, Stewards and Committee Members
  • In-house Counsel
  • Lawyers in Private Practice
  • Labour Relations Consultants
  • Mediators, Arbitrators and Conciliators
  • Labour Relations Consultants
  • Government Representatives

For further program–related Information please contact: David Thomas, Senior Program Lawyer, Certificate Programs at 416.673.4672 or email



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Module 1
Labour Law Foundations 
January 27, 2016

Module 2
Collective Bargaining
February 3, 2016

Module 3
Grievance Arbitration 
February 10, 2016

Module 4
Workplace Investigations
February 24, 2016

Module 5
Restructuring Unionized Environments 
March 2, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM​
Domain (Primary)
Employee Relations
Event Type
Certificate Program
Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development 

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Osgoode Professional Development, Downtown Toronto Conference Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5G 1Z3
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Non-Members: $3,995 + Taxes
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