Date(s) - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Small Business Advisory Centre
Breakfast is included in the cost.
The legal complexities of the employment relationship may seem daunting if you don’t know where to start. Not only do employers need to worry about meeting their business needs, but they also need to be conscious of the ways that employment laws affect their operations. Human rights legislation, employment standards, and occupational health and safety rules are just a few of the many laws that apply to Canadian employers.
Brittany Hinds is here to provide some direction in this complex legal landscape. If you are new to the employment field, or just looking for a quick refresher on the basics, we invite you to join Brittany for a general overview of the legal dos and don’ts when it comes to your employees.
Brittany will be discussing key considerations and best practices in relation to each of the three main chapters of the employment relationship:
- the initial formation of the employment contract;
- general performance management throughout the relationship; and
- the breakdown or termination of employment. Brittany is an employment and labour lawyer.
Speaker Bio: Brittany Hinds of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Brittany represents both provincially and federally regulated employers in all areas of employment and labour law, including in human rights disputes, employment litigation, employment contracts, workplace policies, privacy matters, and grievance arbitrations. Brittany joined Norton Rose Fulbright LLP’s Ottawa office as a summer student in 2013. She returned to complete her articles in 2014, and joined the firm as an associate in 2015.
Once you have hired your first employee, all Human Resources (HR) responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders as the employer. Both employees and legislative bodies have expectations and hold business owners and managers accountable – regardless of organization size. It’s up to you to ensure that your HR practices are supporting your business. Your actions now will establish your HR foundation and culture – for better or for worse – which will be difficult to change over time.
In this overview, you will learn how to start planning for the creation of a relatively simple yet effective and sustainable Human Resources framework that fits your business.
- Defining and understanding Human Resources and its components
• The power of engagement
• The costs and risks of weak people practices
• The realities and challenges for SMEs
• How to start planning an HR framework that fits your business
This session will illustrate how sound basic HR practices are:
- an investment – with significant positive returns – in your: business, employees, sanity (!)
- so powerful (when done well) that an organization usually doesn’t need anything else
- neither complicated nor expensive – “KISS” principle
- what really defines the employment relationship & culture
- key to engaging and motivating employees when implemented well
About the Presenter: Irene Lis is a VP, Human Resources Consulting with Stratford Managers Corporation. Irene has 27+ years of extensive human resources experience helping organisations ensure that their people practices support their business. Skilled as an advisor, ombudsperson, strategist and implementer, Irene’s niche is establishing HR functions and practices in organizations where none have existed, ensuring alignment of business strategy with people practices. Irene can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-225-2739.