Labour Relations Law LR403
Whether you are involved in the collective bargaining process, the administration of a contract, or a certification campaign, it is necessary to understand the applicable federal/provincial Acts and their practical impact on the workplace. This workshop is accessible for both non-lawyers and lawyers and gives participants an opportunity to practice learned concepts through cases studies and small group exercises. Participants will be able to:
- Understand the basic difference in jurisdiction between federal and provincial as well as public versus private sector statutes
- Identify and explain the primary statutory provisions of the Ontario Labour Relations Act (the “Act”) and its administrative enforcement scheme
- Discuss the process and legal principles involved in union organizing and representation proceedings under the Act
- Explain the real-world impact of recent board decisions across Canada on union organizing
- Identify and assess labour relations implications of business purchases and sales
- Understand what constitutes an unfair labour practice on the part of a union or an employer during an organizing campaign
- Understand what constitutes an unfair labour practice on the part of a union or an employer during bargaining
- Recognize and explain the possible labour relations implications of various managerial decisions
- Recognize and assess the nature and scope of the parties’ duty to bargain in good faith, including subjects of bargaining, at-the-table conduct as evidence of good or bad faith, mid-term bargaining issues and unilateral changes
- Identify labour relations risks and rights triggered by the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement including strikes, lockouts and utilization of replacement workers.
Who Will Benefit
Labour relations, human resource, and operations professionals as well as attorneys who operate in a unionized environment in the federal sector or in Ontario.
Open enrollment workshops can be taken individually or as part of a certificate in Contract Administration Studies or Collective Bargaining Studies. They are also available as Labour Relations Customized Programs for your organization.
Keith Burkhardt, is a partner at Sherrard Kuzz LLP, one of Canada's leading employment and labour law firms representing the interests of management. Keith is a highly skilled labour lawyer whose practice is focused on representing management with respect to a variety of issues including positive employee relations, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, construction labour relations, sale or closure and responding to union organizing and applications for certification. Keith is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Prior to joining Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Keith obtained both a Juris Doctor and Master of Industrial Relations Degree from University of Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Lakehead University.
Hugh Secord, Oakbridges Labour Relations Strategists, is a Human Resource Management and Labour Relations Consultant practicing throughout Canada. He holds the CHRP and SHRP designations. His experience spans over twenty-nine years in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations in virtually every industrial sector. He specializes in HRM and Labour Relations strategy, change management, collective bargaining, conflict/dispute resolution, labour arbitration, employment and labour law, communications, M&A, and cultural transformations.