Program Directors

Natalie C. MacDonald

MacDonald & Associates

Stuart E. Rudner

Rudner Law


Human resources professionals association

Do you have a solid understanding of the still-evolving laws governing the employment relationship and its risks for employers? Can you appropriately conduct workplace investigations and implement practical, timely solutions?

Benefit from our distinguished faculty’s expertise and insights in these and other key areas, at this thirteenth edition of the acclaimed Certificate program now offered in an online only interactive format.

What You’ll Learn

Do’s and don’t’s when drafting employment agreements

Checking references: what you can and cannot do

Determining who is covered by the Employment Standards Act and navigating key issues

Resolving Human Rights Code claims

Addressing equity, diversity and inclusion obligations, with tips and tools for reducing discrimination complaints

Occupational health and safety: the key provisions

Practical strategies regarding the duty to accommodate

Practical considerations when assessing the legitimacy of a refusal of unsafe work

A comprehensive guide to conducting workplace investigations

Terminating the employment relationship and minimizing your legal exposure

What is included in an effective release

The workplace in the social media age: confronting the challenges and risks

Who Should Attend

HR Professionals/Executives

VPs/Directors/Managers of Human Resources

VPs/Directors/Managers of Labour Relations

Disability and Return to Work Managers

Training and Benefits Specialists

HR Consultants

Mediators and Arbitrators of Employment and Labour Law Disputes

HR, Employment and/or Labour Relations Consultants

Business Owners

Employment and Labour Law Lawyers

Matt LeMaire

VP of People & Operations, Peel Mutual Insurance

“The difficulty and potential pitfalls and dangers of investigations and terminating an employment relationship are topics which can always use more fleshing-out and… the sessions were excellent in that regard. They will surely prove useful in helping protect our organization”


Program Directors

Natalie C. MacDonald

MacDonald & Associates

Stuart E. Rudner

Rudner Law

Advisory Board

Michael Bach

Founder and CEO, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Sunil Kapur

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Richard J. Nixon

Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Mardi Walker

Vice President, Human Resources, JemPak GK Inc.

Program Modules

Jennifer Christian

The Guild of Automotive Restorers

“This course is a wise investment for any company that wants to ensure a profitable and positive future with a happy and healthy workforce. The program content was excellent and the all of the speakers were engaging and informative.””


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Certificate Requirements

To receive an Osgoode Certificate, you must complete all program modules, and successfully complete an online assessment within 30 days of the last module. 

CPD & 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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Substantive28h 30m
This program has been approved for 30 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)

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Randi Jakobsen

Senior Director, Payroll, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

“Best of the best. Knowledgeable, useful, timely. Very helpful and has immediate benefits as soon as I get back to work.”

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