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COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the Canadian workforce and economy, putting employers and employees in the difficult position of having to understand legal obligations and rights in rapidly changing and uncertain times. Among that, we also recognize that organizations have questions about transitioning back to the office from a remote work environment. With our leading employment lawyers, who continue to monitor COVID-19 developments, during this webinar, will canvass a number of legal issues that have most recently arisen, share insights relating to legal and business considerations, and address potential risks to your employees and business.

Keynote Session 1:  

"Human Resources in an Endemic: Moving Forward with COVID-19"

Speaker: David Brown, CPHR - Co-Founder + Partner of Ascent Employment Law


In recent weeks, governments across Canada have begun to ease the economic and social restrictions that have been ever-present during the COVID-19 pandemic. These policy changes are controversial, and heated debates have raged about how we should be continuing to respond to the virus.

With these policy changes, it appears that Canada is moving towards the “endemic” phase of COVID-19. Businesses and employees will again need to adapt to the virus as we re-engage in previously restricted activities.

In this presentation, labour and employment lawyer David Brown will ask human resources will look like in a COVID-19 endemic. In doing so, he will carefully consider divisive topics such as:
- What role, if any, do vaccine mandates continue to have?
- What are foreseeable health and safety risks?
- How to manage and heal internal divisions?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Vaccine mandates and handling related terminations/layoffs;
  • Ongoing Health and Safety considerations;
  • Restoring workplace culture;
  • Labour shortages.


Keynote Session 2:  

"The New Normal: Re-Opening after Covid-19"

Speaker: C. Ryan Chan - Harper Grey LLP


The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the workplace. After two years, we are optimistic that we are close to the light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. Human Resources are now faced with two issues: 1) how can we get back to “normal” and 2) can we get back to “normal”? As restrictions are being lifted and employees are encouraged to return to the workplace, there are a number of pitfalls and potential issues that should be considered.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Return to workplace issues and strategies
  • Potential constructive dismissal and human rights considerations
  • Remote work considerations and policies
  • 5 day paid sick leave

Course Curriculum

    1. Video - Human Resources in an Endemic: Moving Forward with COVID-19

    2. PowerPoint - Human Resources in an Endemic: Moving Forward with COVID-19

    1. Video - The New Normal: Re-Opening after Covid-19

    2. PowerPoint - The New Normal: Re-Opening after Covid-19

    1. Course Survey

About this course

  • 5 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

About the speakers

David Brown, CPHR

David believes in the power of work. Work creates important roles for individuals and enterprises. To the individual, work is often a pillar of personal identity that is connected to the opportunities for exploration and growth that employment can provide. For the enterprise, work is a means to solve challenges in our communities. Work sparks innovation, fosters community engagement, and creates synergistic energy. It is an opportunity. David’s belief in the power of work, and his appreciation that work affects our psychological and emotional health, is reflected in his legal practice. He advises businesses on how they can create workplaces that flourish so they can realize their mission and create empowered, values-focused environments. Known for his approachable humor, plain language communication style and empowering message, David has been a trusted employment advisor in the British Columbia Interior for many years.

C. Ryan Chan

Ryan focuses his practice in the areas of family law and workplace law and has successfully represented clients in both areas. Ryan has appeared in various proceedings in Alberta and British Columbia including before the Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Standards Tribunals, and Human Rights Tribunals. In his workplace law practice, Ryan regularly advises employers on a number of employment-related matters including drafting and the implementation of various policies, strategy, terminations, and defending claims of wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, and discrimination/human rights. During the pandemic Ryan has been assisting employers on a number of covid related issues such as vaccine and facemask policies, remote workplace issues, privacy concerns, and human rights considerations related to terminations.