Employee Off-Duty Conduct – Protecting the Workplace

The off-duty conduct of employees is a hot issue for employers right now. Here’s what your organization can do to protect itself



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Course Leader : Thomas Gorsky and Iouri Vorobiev, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
Duration : 1 hour 0 minute
Price: $69.00

The recent dismissal of three high-profile media personalities — Jian Ghomeshi, Leslie Roberts, and Evan Solomon — have made off-duty conduct one of the most talked-about workplace issues facing employers. Join us as we discuss legal issues and offer practical HR tips on:

Off-Duty Conduct

• When can an employer discipline or discharge an employee for off-duty conduct?

• Does it matter whether the conduct becomes public?

• What type of evidence demonstrates reputational harm to an employer?

• Potential liability if an investigation is not (or is improperly) conducted

Damage Control

• How should an employer respond to questions from the media?

• When to “get in front” of a story

• Using social media to get the message out

Protecting the Brand

• Identifying prohibited conduct

• Communicating expectations to employees

• Monitoring off-duty activity

PRESENTERS: Thomas Gorsky and Iouri Vorobiev, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Thomas Gorsky is a highly experienced and accomplished practitioner of employment law with Sherrard Kuzz LLP in Toronto. He has extensive courtroom experience, having appeared many times in the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal. Tom writes regularly on various topics related to employment law and is a former editor of the Dismissal and Employment Law Digest. He is often invited to speak at employment law conferences, including the Employment Law Summit and repeat invitations to address the Six Minute Employment Law Lawyer — two of the pre-eminent annual conferences on employment law, sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Tom has also appeared as guest on various media outlets including CFRB 1010 and AM640.

Iouri Vorobiev is a lawyer with Sherrard Kuzz LLP in Toronto, representing and advising employers in a broad range of employment and labour law such as employment contracts, employment standards, policy development and implementation, and wrongful dismissal litigation. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation, and Young Lawyers).


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