Employment Law Canada

Employment Law Canada

Get an overview of the Canadian employment law framework

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Price: £495 + VAT
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Please note that the 2021 courses will be now delivered virtually. Contact us on 020 7549 2549 or email info.jsb@bondsolon.com for more information and to book. Price: £495+VAT | €595 +VAT | $595 +VAT

Employment Law Canada is the perfect course to provide you with a comprehensive overview of Canadian employment law. You will hear about latest legal developments and receive up to date information and guidance on managing employee relations in Canada. 

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Employers operating in Canada must understand the local legal framework to ensure they maintain good employee relations and avoid falling foul of employment law. If your organisation is currently opening offices in Canada or has acquired business operations in this jurisdiction make sure you are up to date on local law and practice.

Highlights include:

  • Appreciate the legislative framework and latest legal developments in Canada
  • Get need to know advice on how to establish operations in Canada
  • Be able to advise colleagues on Canadian employment law and practice

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Overview of the employment law framework in Canada

  • Canada vs. U.K.
  • Federal/Provincial jurisdiction
  • Determining Employee Status
    • Dependent vs. Independent contractor
    • Risks of non-compliance

Hiring employees in Canada

  • Job postings
  • Interview questions
  • Background screening
  • Criminal/credit checks
  • Drug and alcohol testing



Contracts of employment/concepts and key terms

  • Establishing a contract
  • Key contract terms
  • Types of contracts – fixed vs. indefinite hires
  • Statutory minimum terms (overview – typical ESA obligations).
    • Leaves of absence
    • Hours of work/overtime
    • Vacation pay
  • Standard benefits
    • Insured benefits
    • State benefits (OHIP, etc.)
    • Employer sponsored retirement benefits and savings plans (CAP’s, SERPs, etc.)
    • Social security (EI/CPP/ITA).

Termination of employment

  • Just cause grounds for termination
  • Without cause termination
    • statutory minimums
    • common law claims
    • poor performance
  • Practical scenarios
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Frustration of contract
  • Mass termination/plant closure



After termination

  • Restrictive covenants
  • Steps in a dismissal action and possible remedies
  • Class action update

Human Rights and Privacy

  • Types of discrimination complaints
  • Defences to discrimination
  • Duty to accommodate
  • Privacy legislation requirements



Workplace Safety and Compensation for Injury

  • OHS rights and obligations
  • OHS and criminal law offences
  • Workers’ compensation regime

Immigration Update

  • Business visa exemptions

Collective agreement/union employees

  • Certification of a trade union
  • Labour disturbances
  • Sale of a business

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Tim Lawson

Tim Lawson

I joinged the Toronto Labour and Employment Group of McCarthy Tétrault as a Partner in January 2014.

I have more than two decades of experience advising on management-side labour and employment law, in particular, representing federally regulated employers. My practice focuses on strategic labour and employment advice, labour negotiations, labour and employment advocacy, corporate reorganization, construction labour, and human and privacy rights. I regularly represent employers before administrative tribunals such as labour relations boards, boards of arbitration, human rights tribunals, workers’ compensation boards and before Ontario and federal courts. I also provides strategic labour and employment advice to employers in many areas including corporate restructuring, management/union relations, collective bargaining, construction law and privacy rights.

I am recognized as a leading labour and employment practitioner by The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014.

In addition to speaking frequently at legal conferences and to employer organizations on labour and employment law topics, I also conducts in-house seminars for clients on such topics as privacy, arbitration advocacy, workplace harassment and performance management.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Pension Law & Governance
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Employment Standards
  • Labour Relations Board
  • Labour & Employment Law
  • Collective Agreements
  • Pay Equity

Business directors, personnel and HR managers, employee relations professionals, in-house counsel, lawyers, line managers and anyone with responsibility for staff in Canada

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Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

Choose the right approach for you:

Headset Face-to-face attendance   Book online

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

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For groups of 4 or more people, any of our seminars and webinars can be tailored and delivered in-house. We will adapt case studies to suit your organisational culture and specific challenges. We ensure that the learning is engaging, relevant and easily applied.

Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

If you have any queries or need technical assistance, please contact us on
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