Workplace investigations have taken on tremendous importance in the world of HR. Failing to investigate, or failing to investigate properly, can result in significant liability. Nadia explains how and when to conduct them, as well as some best practices for employers.
Stuart is joined by Jennifer Bloch, a certified leadership and executive coach, for a discussion on mastering difficult conversations and becoming conflict-confident. Jennifer is the Principal, and Founder of Touchpoint Leadership Coaching. She has spent over twenty years coaching leaders across multiple sectors, from Consumer Packaged Goods to Palliative Care. Her perspective is broad and unique to both corporate and healthcare industries. A graduate of McGill University and Royal Roads University, Jennifer’s professional journey as a Human Resource Manager, a Health Practitioner, and a Certified Executive Coach brings a unique perspective to organizations on interpersonal relationships. Her multidisciplinary experience provides Leaders with a holistic viewpoint of the various ways people engage in and deal with conflict. Jennifer believes that there are three basic principles that lead to mastering difficult conversations. Find out how these three principles can help you build resilience and engage in gut-wrenching conversations with confidence instead of antacids.
Stuart is joined by Lorin MacDonald, human rights lawyer and disability advocate, for a conversation about accommodation and inclusion.
For decades, human rights lawyer Lorin MacDonald has demonstrated leadership, passion, and commitment to accessibility and inclusion in her volunteer and professional activities, all informed by her lived experience as a woman born with profound hearing loss. Recognized as one of Canada’s disability leaders, Lorin has made many aware of the challenges faced by Canadians with disabilities during COVID-19, in addition to her human rights and accessibility presentations.
For the past three years, Lorin has been a nominee for Canadian Lawyer magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the Human Rights category, named to the list in 2021. Also last year, the Women’s Executive Network included Lorin as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100. In May 2022, the Law Society of Ontario bestowed upon Lorin the Law Society Medal, its highest honour, for outstanding service in recognition of her work to make the profession more accessible and inclusive.
Stuart is joined by Brittany Taylor for a discussion on the Will Smith/Chris Rock incident at this year's Oscars Awards and the lessons about workplace violence it brought up.
We're putting Cupid on trial in our post-Valentine's Day Fire Away show. Is workplace romance possible these days? Could you stop it if you tried? Stuart is joined by Jennifer Ansell and Eric Prydatok to discuss. What do you think?
Stuart is joined by John Curtis and Larissa Donovan. John is a lawyer, mediator, investigator, and former Olympic athlete in the sport of sailing whose practice is focused on resolving workplace conflict. Larissa is an articling student currently working with John; she is a Board Member of the Dandelion Initiative, which focuses on survivors of sexual violence. This episode looks at the Kyle Beach sexual assault lawsuit against the Chicago Blackhawks organization, and how this case translates into lessons for HR professionals and employers.
Would you buy a car and then try to negotiate the price later? That is effectively what you're doing when you sign a severance package and then try to go back later on and get more money. And for whatever reason, we've seen an increase in the number of calls we're getting from people that have already signed their severance package and now want to meet with us and have us assess it.
Stuart Rudner, Brittany Taylor, and Nadia Zaman review the past year and look ahead at the employment law issues to come in 2022.