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The effects from the pandemic in 2020 have brought both novel and challenging employment law shifts, unlike in previous years. As we prepare for the new year, employers will be required to continually monitor and stay informed of new legal developments as they plan to effectively manage their workplace obligations in 2021.

In this three-part legal series, our expert lawyers will address the most pressing employment law and workforce challenges, accommodation updates, health and safety and all the potential impacts employers may face as the pandemic continues to affect organizations.

Session #1: Attendance Management, Work Refusal & COVID-19

Speaker: Brandon Hillis, Roper Greyell LLP


This session touches on the topics of attendance management and refusals of unsafe work both generally, but also in the specific context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  While these issues are challenging for employers at the best of times, the pandemic has undoubtedly made them all the more challenging.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Strategies and tactics for managing attendance and responding to work refusals
  • How to prevent or limit liability when dealing with employee terminations in connection with attendance or work refusal matters
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the complexity of these issues

Session #2: COVID, Workplace Policy Considerations and Communication with Employees  

Speaker: Jenson Leung, Samfiru Tumarkin LLP

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to prepare a privacy compliant remote work policy;
  • How to detect and address data security issues;
  • The dos and don’s of electronic monitoring your remote workforce;
  • Best practices for collecting COVID-19 related personal information;

Session #3: Panel Discussion: Around the Table Perspectives  


  • Preston Parsons, Overholt Law LLP (Moderator)
  • Melanie Booth, Kane Shannon Weiler LLP
  • Pamela Connolly, Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group
  • Brandon Hillis, Roper Greyell LLP Employment + Labour Lawyers
  • Jenson Leung, Samfiru Tumarkin LLP
  • Scott J. Marcinkow, Harper Grey LLP

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Course Curriculum

    1. Video - Session 1

    2. PowerPoint

    1. Video - Session 2

    2. PowerPoint

    1. Video - Session 3

    2. Remote Work Policy Tip Sheet (Provided by Melanie Booth, CPHR)

    1. Course Survey

About this course

  • 7 lessons
  • 3.5 hours of video content