Allegations of sexual harassment against powerful media personalities have shaken the world. Since the Weinstein scandal broke out, the social climate has changed so quickly that now, any hint of a scandal causes companies to immediately dismiss or cut all ties with the accused. The #MeToo campaign has seen countless women come forward with their tales of sexual harassment, and this has impacted many workplaces.
In 2016, Bill 132, which amended Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), came into force in Ontario, creating new obligations for employers to take reasonable steps to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace. In light of Bill 132 and the recent change in the social climate, employers would be wise to be proactive in ensuring their workplaces are free of harassment.
This webinar will review the legal obligations of employers to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment and will provide employers with some best practices.
- Understanding what steps to take if there is a complaint or suspicion of sexual harassment in the workplace
- Understanding the requirements and best practices for policies and procedures in relation to sexual harassment and investigations
- Understanding the risks of getting it wrong
Stuart Rudner, Rudner Law
Stuart Rudner is the founding partner of Rudner Law in Markham, Ont., providing senior counsel in all aspects of the employment relationship. Stuart is the founder and moderator of the Canadian HR Law Group on LinkedIn, which now counts more than 14,000 HR professionals, lawyers and businesspeople as members. He enjoys an ever-increasing following for his prolific Twitter updates @CanadianHRlaw and blog posts – which prompted Klout (a website providing social media analytics to measure user influence) to recognize him as a "specialist.”
Stuart is regularly called upon by the media to provide his expert opinion on employment law matters. His book You're Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada, published by Thomson Reuters, has received critical acclaim since its release in 2011. Stuart has also contributed to four other employment law texts.
Stuart chairs and speaks at conferences frequently, including those offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association, Ontario Bar Association, and Law Society of Upper Canada. He has been the Chair of the Osgoode Professional Development’s Employment Law Update each year since its inception. He is also the founding Program Director of their HR Law for HR Professionals course and the new Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course. He has been on the Editorial Advisory Boards for both HR Professional Magazine and Consult Carswell.
Nadia Zaman, Rudner Law
Nadia Zaman is an Associate at Rudner Law. While in law school, Nadia volunteered in: developing written accommodation policies to promote mental health awareness as an Equity Officer; guiding prospective students as a Student Ambassador; reviewing papers for publication as Senior Editor of the Journal of Law & Equality; and, managing files for low-income clients at the Downtown Legal Services Clinic.
Prior to law school, Nadia graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trinity College, University of Toronto with a double major in Criminology and Ethics, Society & Law. She received the Brian Morgan Scholarship in Law. During her final two years, she conducted extensive research and analysis on criminal justice policy with leading criminologist, Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob, including interviewing a past Deputy Minister of Justice. Nadia also served as the President of the Ethics, Society & Law Students’ Association and as Co-Director of UNICEF at the University of Toronto’s Youth Engagement Program.
Currently, as President of the Asian Youth Centre (Canada Chapter), Nadia promotes social justice and engages with a network of diverse individuals. She also serves on the executive committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Labour & Employment Law Section.