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Learn how to create an employment contract that will limit liability and provide stability and predictability in the relationship. Understand the numerous contractual provisions that are available and how an effective employment agreement can protect your business, products, confidential information, staff and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret and draft employment agreements with emphasis on:

- Probationary clauses;
- Termination language;
- Constructive terminations; and
- Post-employment restrictions (non-compete and non-solicit agreements).

  • How to effectively implement enforceable agreements with new staff and current staff.
  • Effective negotiation strategies.
  • Understanding the inherent value of written employment agreements.
  • Contractual pitfalls to avoid.
  • Constructing a severance package.

Who should attend:

HR professionals and those involved in contract negotiations and implementation with employees.

Meet your instructor

Carman Overholt, QC

Carman is a senior litigation lawyer with extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, labour relations and commercial litigation. He works closely with senior management and human resources professionals to help employers stay in compliance with the legislation that governs the workplace. Carman provides clients with advice, strategies and policies that reduce the risk of employment disputes and claims. Given his extensive experience, Carman is able to efficiently advise employees on contractual matters including severance and continuing post-employment obligations. His practice includes drafting and negotiating terms of employment and independent contracts for services. Carman is a frequent lecturer and routinely presents on the most recent developments in the law including the duty to accommodate, social media issues, privacy obligations and the protection of an employer’s business interests. He is a Co-Author of the Employment Litigation Manual published by Butterworths/LexisNexis since 2007. His lecturing includes annual courses for the Sauder School of Business and the Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre. His leadership, legal work and community service were recognized by his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2002. Carman is the recipient of he Harry Rankin, QC Pro-Bono Award and the Queen’s University Kathleen Beaumont-Hill Award for outstanding service to the community.

Course Curriculum

    1. Webinar Recording

    2. PowerPoint

    1. Course Survey

About this course

  • 3 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content