Virtual Legal Symposium 1.0: Workplace Policy & Investigation

Webinar Recording (1.5 CPD Hour) | Original Broadcast Date: April 23, 2020

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Session #1: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Enforcing Workplace Policies

Codes of conduct and policy manuals are often overlooked as a tool in managing employees and setting employee/employer expectations. Issues such as layoffs, remote working policies and occupational health and safety have become particularly important in light of COVID-19. This presentation will discuss different types of policies and how to properly implement them. It will also discuss common pitfalls in enforcement. The goal of this presentation is to provide you with tools to deal with the "now" and tips to prepare for the future.

In this presentation, you will learn:

What to consider when drafting workplace policies

  • Policies that you should consider drafting or reviewing in light of COVID-19
  • What courts will consider when enforcing (or not enforcing) workplace policies
Colin Edstrom
Colin Edstrom

Meet your speaker

Colin Edstrom advises and represents individuals and employers in labour and employment law, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and human rights. He moved home to beautiful Kelowna after practicing workplace law in Vancouver and has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court, collective agreement grievance arbitrations and various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, Workers’ Compensation Board and Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. Colin spends most of his time outside of work chasing his son and daughter.

Session #2: Workplace Misconduct, Trauma Informed Investigations, and Remote Workplaces

As we move into an era of unprecedented alternative work arrangements, it is important for employers to keep abreast not just the impact of science on investigations, but the impact of technology and the remote workplace. From social media to unique hazards at home, misconduct has changed its face. Investigations in the policing and workplace worlds are looking to science to understand how to better gather and evaluate information from witnesses. A Trauma Informed approach to investigations helps get the best information available by understanding the impact of trauma on witnesses and how it impacts traditional signs of reliability, and how to help the witness recall when memory is blocked. 

In this presentation, you will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of Trauma Informed Investigations
  • Develop an understanding of challenges of employee misconduct in a remote workplace environment
  • Develop an understanding of some of the risks that present in modern workplace misconduct
Adam van der Linde
Adam van der Linde

Meet your speaker

Based in Victoria, B.C., Roper Greyell Associate Adam van der Linde CD is the firm’s point-person for its many Vancouver Island clients. A member of the Canadian military since 2005, Adam has provided legal advice to Canadian Armed Forces in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and B.C. He has also served as an advisor to Canadian Task Forces serving in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, providing counsel on complex international issues. In addition to liaising with government departments on behalf of the military, he has advised the Canadian Armed Forces on risk management, workplace investigations and workplace discipline, including both military employment and civilian union employment issues.

What's included?

1 Video
1 Survey
2 PDFs