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Canadian Labor Laws 2016: Best Practices and Key Rules for Operating in Canada

About This Course:
Employers who are considering or currently operating in Canada need to understand the complexities of Canadian employment laws. These laws are very different from those in the United States and carry potential legal liability for the unprepared. For example, recent court cases have imposed a "duty of good faith" on employers. What does that mean for you as an employer in Canada?

U.S. employers who want to hire employees and operate in Canada have a number of requirements, starting with pre-employment practices and employment contracts. Because both Canadian federal and provincial governments have jurisdiction over employment, it is important that you know which one regulates your industry and how to abide by their laws.

If there are cross-border operations in your future, you won’t want to miss our interactive webinar, when you will get up-to-date information on the laws and regulations so you can avoid ending up in court.

Learning Objectives
  • How to tell if your industry is covered under Canada’s federal or provincial laws
  • The impact of recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions giving constitutional protection to the right to unio‎nize and right to strike
  • Laws governing labor relations, human rights, pay equity, occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation, and privacy in Canada
  • Employment standards that you MUST meet
  • How to legally terminate non-union employees
  • What recent class-action lawsuits mean for your policies and practices
  • How Canada’s labor relations laws differ from those in the United States
  • What your Canadian anti-harassment policy must include and the jurisdictions in which workplace harassment and violence are expressly prohibited by law
  • Types of universal health insurance, unemployment benefits, and supplemental benefit plans your employees are entitled to
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the dos and don'ts for doing business in Canada.

About Your Presenter

Brian P. Smeenk, Esq.
Partner
Fasken Martineau

Brian Smeenk is a Toronto partner in Fasken Martineau’s Labour, Employment & Human Rights Group. He is also editor-in-chief of HR Hero’s Northern Exposure: Employment Law for U.S. Companies with Operations in Canada blog and a member of the Employers Counsel Network.


Louise BechampLouise Béchamp, Esq.
Partner
Fasken Martineau

Fasken Martineau Partner Louise Béchamp's practice focuses mainly on employment and labor law and she has significant experience in federal law matters. The clients under federal jurisdiction that she frequently represents come from many sectors, including the railway industry, the telecommunications' and the banking sectors. She regularly acts on behalf of manufacturing and service enterprises, counseling on all aspects of employee relations, be it employment contracts, employment standards, policy development, severance pay or implementing collective agreements. Ms. Béchamp's practice brings her to appear regularly before higher courts as well as administrative tribunals, such as the Canada Industrial Relations Board and adjudicators. She also counsels clients on human rights and matters of pay equity. She regularly gives training courses concerning harassment in the workplace and she accepts to act as examiner following harassment complaints filed against employers.


David WongDavid G. Wong, Esq.
Partner
Fasken Martineau

David G. Wong is a partner in the Vancouver office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, and is a member of the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Practice Group. He is the head of the Human Rights Practice Group in the Vancouver office. A Wesbrook Scholar, Mr. Wong's experience in various leadership and community roles continues to assist him in establishing a successful practice in the field. Mr. Wong advises and represents companies on issues involving all aspects of both unionized and non-unionized workforces. Mr. Wong has extensive experience before all levels of the British Columbia Courts, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, and labour arbitrators. He also acts as lead spokesperson on behalf of management in collective bargaining negotiations.
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