Halton: 11.02.18 Full Day Law Conference

6 hours

Date and Time

Starts:11/02/2018 8:00 AM

Ends:11/02/2018 4:30 PM

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Oakville Conference Centre

2515 Wyecroft Rd., Oakville

Oakville, ON


Members: $75 | Students: $35 | Non-Members: $100


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Session 1: Will You be My Friend – Managing Social Media in the Workplace

As social media use continues to grow, its presence plays an increasingly critical role in personal and corporate communications. There is no doubt that social media is an effective communication tool for organizations. But it's not without its pitfalls, including potential confidentiality breaches, solicitation of business from your customers and human rights violations. This session will identify important strategies to protect your organization.

Session 2: Into the Weed: Navigating the use of Marijuana in the Workplace

Recreational marijuana will officially become legal on October 17, 2018.  As a result, it is anticipated that more Canadians will have easier access to obtaining recreational marijuana. Employers can expect to face a number of challenges.

Session 3: Terminating the Employment Relationship: What You Need to Know

Although employers have the right to end the relationship with an employee, this right comes with legal obligations and corresponding pitfalls.  In fact, if the termination is not done properly and lawfully, the damages that can result can be substantial. This session will offer guidance on an employer's legal obligations with respect to terminations, how to structure a termination package and offer guidance on how to arrive at a negotiated outcome as opposed to a spending legal fees in litigation.


Session 4: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In the wake of the #metoo movement, there is a growing need for employers to understand how to identify sexual harassment within the workplace and to learn what their obligations are in preventing  and responding to allegations that may surface. This session will set out what the legislation, the courts, and the human rights tribunal says about sexual harassment in the workplace, what the employer's obligations are, and how employers should prepare to defend sexual harassment allegations that may arise.

Speaker bio(s)

Speaker Zaheer Lakhani

Zaheer Lakhani, Lawyer

Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at Bandhu Lakhani Campea LLP, a boutique employment law firm located in Oakville, Ontario that specializes in employment and labour law. Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice. Zaheer has been practicing law since 1998 and has previously appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to speak about gender discrimination in the restaurant industry and to discuss toxic workplaces. He has been quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in a story related to workplace harassment and was a presenter in HRPA’s Quarterly Employment Law Update where he provided updates in a series of four webcasts from 2013 – 2014 regarding employment human rights.

Speaker Asha Rampersad

Asha Rampersad

Asha joined Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP in 2015 and her main areas of practice include human rights litigation and accommodation issues as well as workplace investigations.

Equipped with several years of teaching experience at the university level, and conducting numerous training sessions for human resource professionals, Asha has significant expertise in delivering training to both employers and employees on all facets of employment and labour law, including collective agreement interpretation. Asha has been quoted in the Law Time regarding the employer’s duty to investigate, and has been published in an Accessibility magazine regarding employers’ AODA obligations.

Asha has conducted numerous complex investigations including sexual assault, sexual harassment and workplace bullying. She is very sensitive to the needs of all parties to the investigation process.

Speaker Natasha Savoline

Natasha Savoline, Lawyer & Human Resource Advisor

Natasha’s passion for fairness and creative positive and respectful workplaces informs her work as an experienced workplace investigator in areas such as harassment, discrimination, violence and code of conduct violations.

Always sensitive and respectful of the parties involved as well as the integrity of the process, participants often express appreciation to Natasha for the comfort and ease she brings to their experience.

Natasha’s experience as a workplace investigator and facilitator of respect in the workplace training has provided her with a valuable perspective and wealth of knowledge regarding the dynamics that cause workplace relationships to fail, as well as the emotions and catalysts that underlie complaints and incidents of workplace harassment and bullying. She uses her knowledge and skills to connect with employees in these dysfunctional workplace relationships and help achieve positive and respectful workplaces through on-on-one coaching, mediation and work with teams.

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