Toronto: 06.25.19 - 2019 LegalEase Conference - Welcome Our Robot Overlords: AI, Technology, and Employment Law

5 Hours

Date and Time

Starts:06/25/2019 8:00 AM

Ends:06/25/2019 1:00 PM

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National Club

303 Bay Street

Toronto, Ontario


Members $100 | Non-Members $120


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Toronto: 06.25.19 - 2019 LegalEase Conference - Welcome Our Robot Overlords: AI, Technology, and Employment Law

The digital age has transformed human resources. Technology can enable greater consistency in employee management and ensure that decisions are backed by data and precedent. Employers have access to more information than ever, but also face potential risks when using technology to analyze employees. Employers also face privacy and security issues when using AI, big data, and predictive analytics. Join us for a discussion of the employment law considerations on the use of technology in HR. Our presentations will be: 

  1. Blue J Legal’s “Employment Foresight” with Ben Alarie, CEO of Blue J Legal

An introduction to HR Foresight, a new AI-powered platform that's helping HR professionals confidently manage challenging workplace issues and employee disputes. 

  1. “Employees Behaving Badly” with Stuart Rudner, founder of Rudner Law

A discussion of the how employees’ technology use can get them into trouble and of the law on the discipline and dismissal that can result. 

  1. Privacy and security implications of AI, big data, and predictive analytics with Daniel Michaluk, partner at Hicks Morley. 
  1. The Use of AI in the Recruitment Process with Lisa Stam, founder of Spring Law.

A discussion of the risks and pitfalls of using AI in the recruitment process, including the potential for bias and not controlling for prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Speaker bio(s)

Main Speaker Benjamin Alarie

Benjamin Alarie

B.A. (Laurier), M.A. (Toronto), J.D. (Toronto), LL.M. (Yale)

Benjamin Alarie is CEO of Blue J Legal and is a full professor at the University of Toronto where he also holds the Osler Chair in Business Law. Professor Alarie researches and teaches in taxation law and judicial decision-making, and was awarded the Alan Mewett QC Prize for excellence in teaching by the law school’s graduating class of 2009.

Before joining the Faculty of Law as a full-time professor in 2004, Professor Alarie completed graduate work in law at the Yale Law School and was a law clerk for Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has dozens of academic publications, and his research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

He is a coauthor of several editions of a leading legal text on tax law, Canadian Income Tax Law, including the most recent 6th Edition (LexisNexis, 2018).

 Daniel Michaluk

Daniel Michaluk

Dan Michaluk is a lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office who regularly acts for management in a range of matters related to information security, cyber security and data management, anti-spam (CASL), privacy and freedom of information. He also works extensively in the post-secondary education sector on student, privacy and employment matters.

Dan provides strategic, practical and legal advice on the implementation of new systems, the use of system information for business and security-related purposes, data incident response and internal investigations. He is a leading “breach coach” – helping Hicks Morley clients to respond to data security incidents and recover stolen information.

Dan also provides advice and representation to organizations in response to privacy complaints and claims, and to public institutions in respect of complex and sensitive freedom of information requests and appeals.

In 2012, Dan appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark workplace privacy case R v. Cole.

 Stuart Rudner

Stuart Rudner, Lawyer

I am not one of those lawyers that is ideologically married to one side. While many individuals have their rights trampled on, I have also seen employees take advantage of those same rights to the detriment of their employer. I realize that there is good and bad in every group, and that is why my firm works with both employers and employees. We are able to see every situation from both sides.

Since I have also been trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques and act as a Mediator in Employment matters, I am able to see things from a third side: that of a neutral third party, working with those involved to achieve a reasonable resolution to their issues.

In 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, I was selected by my peers for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law. I am routinely named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada) and have also been recognized as one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers. In October 2018, I was recognized as the only Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law in the first Lexology Awards.

My firm, Rudner Law, has been nominated as one of the Top Employment & Labour Boutiques in Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018. My previous firm was selected as one of the top three Employment Law firms in 2016 and 2017, the first two years these awards were given out.

I chair and teach at conferences, and I am the founding Program Director of Osgoode Professional Development’s HR Law for HR Professionals course and the co-founding Program Director of their Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course.

 Lisa Stam

Lisa Stam

Lisa Stam practices all aspects of employment, labour and human rights law, and has a particular interest in legal issues involving technology in the workplace and the various methods by which people continue to mess things up with technology.

She regularly advises clients on the usual employment law fare: domestic and international employment advice, drafting offer letters and employment contracts, workplace policies and handbooks, advising on bonus and commission plans, benefits, workplace privacy issues, independent contractors, confidential and proprietary information, and discipline and terminations. She has also advised on a variety of human rights issues such as accommodating disabilities in the workplace, sexual harassment, discrimination and gender transition.

Lisa frequently speaks on and advises clients about the impact, risks and opportunities of technology in the workplace, including social media legal issues, privacy breaches, and ownership of data. She remains perplexed at humanity’s inability to more carefully set their social media privacy settings but continues to enjoy the juicy bits of evidence that could form the basis of a future best-selling novel.

Lisa is a member of the Canadian Netherlands Business and Professionals Association, Verity Women’s Business Club and various bar associations (the legal not fun kind). She graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialty in medieval history, and therefore went to law school, graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 2003, and has since been licensed to practice law by the Law Society of Ontario

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