Program Directors

Lauren Bernardi

Bernardi Human Resource Law

Brian Gottheil

Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

Eligible for


Creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace has never been more important.

The management of employee mental health issues has emerged as one of the most difficult and widespread challenges confronting today’s workplaces, and this has been magnified by the impact of COVID-19.

A complex network of laws presents a potential minefield of difficulties for employers. Navigating these successfully and keeping the workplace healthy and productive is, in the Commission’s words, ‘simply smart business’.

In this exclusively online interactive program, a multidisciplinary faculty will explain the law and best practices, provide you with a unique opportunity to drill down into the key issues that are likely to come across your desk, and to formulate strategies for handling them successfully. You’ll also receive printed materials (including toolkits and precedents) – a resource of ongoing practical value.

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll Learn

How to have the conversation when you are concerned about an employee’s mental health

What resources are available in responding to mental health problems?

To what extent do employers face a legal duty of care in relation to employees’ psychological wellbeing?

Does the existence of the voluntary National Standard For Psychological Health and Safety In the Workplace create a default standard by which courts will measure employers?

The effect of Bill 132 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act on employers’ duties

Are employers liable for negligent or intentional infliction of mental harm during the employment relationship and after it ends?

Trends in the case law on damage awards for mental distress claims

Accommodating mental health disabilities in the workplace: the AODA and the Human Rights Code

Addressing substance abuse problems – including impact on performance, legal liabilities, accidents, sick leave and benefit costs, and the status of ‘last chance’ agreements

Addressing substance abuse problems – including impact on performance, legal liabilities, accidents, sick leave and benefit costs, and the status of ‘last chance’ agreements

Creating inclusive attendance management policies and return-to-work programs that appropriately consider mental health contexts

Early and successful returns to work after mental-health-related absences

How unions, health and safety committees, occupational health nurses and employers can effectively work together and further the organization’s due diligence strategy

Lauren Canzius

Manager, Human Resources

“A good program that delivered exactly what HR professionals need to know about managing mental health accommodations in the workplace, and providing a psychologically safe workplace.”

Who Should Attend

HR Professionals/executives,
supervisors and managers

VPs/directors/managers of
Human Resources/labour relations

Health and safety professionals

Disability and return-to-work

Union representatives

HR and labour relations consultants

Mediators and arbitrators of
employment and labour disputes


Program Directors

Lauren Bernardi

Bernardi Human Resource Law

Brian Gottheil

Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

Advisory Board

Donna Hardaker

Principal, Hardaker Consulting

Sapna Mahajan, MPH, PMP, CHE

Director, Genomics and Society, Genome Canada

Sari Sairanen

National Director, Health and Safety, UNIFOR



View the 2022 program brochure and agenda. A new detailed agenda and brochure will be available soon.

Daniel Paterson

Superintendent, Peel Regional Paramedic Service

“Excellent… potentially complex topics were presented in easily digestible terms…extremely high-calibre presenters.”

Nov 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2023

$2,995 + HST


November 7, 2023

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

November 14, 2023

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

November 21, 2023

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

November 28, 2023

9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m (ET)

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Certificate Requirements

In order to successfully receive an Osgoode Certificate, participants must complete all program modules, and pass the multiple choice online exam.

CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
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Substantive20h 15m
EDI4h 30m EDI
Total24h 45m CPD
Approved by HRPA for21 Continuing Professional Development hours

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Online Technical Requirements

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