Harmony in Your Home: Best Practices in Employee Relations

Members:  $95 each or sign up for all four sessions for $340 (save $40) 
Non-Members:  $140 each or sign up for all four sessions for $520 (save $40)

Behind every excellent organization is a strong culture, supported by employee relations practices that are clearly defined, implemented and mission aligned. This new four-part series provides practical guidance and advice specifically geared to seniors’ care settings in four key areas: employee hiring, integration and termination; grievances; collective bargaining; and culture. Sign up and ensure your organization is on top of current strategies and best practices.

Webinar 1
Thursday, September 12
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  Policies and Best Practices for Employee Hiring, Integration and Termination 
Andrew Zabrovsky, Partner, Hicks Morley; 
Sandra McKenzie, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Regional Municipality of York;
Brian Swainson, Director, Seniors Services, Community and Health Services, Regional Municipality of York
> Learn how to develop, implement and enforce employment policies, including hiring, progressive discipline and termination.
> Recognize when it’s time to revise employment policies and how to proceed.
> Hear how a member home has implemented best practices for hiring, employee onboarding and termination.
Webinar 2
Thursday, September 26
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  Addressing Grievances: The Legal Perspective  
Marc Rodrigue,
Associate, Fasken; 
Avneet Jaswal,
Associate, Fasken
> Explore reasons why some terminations may lead to arbitration as well as how to handle situations of rehire following a termination.
> Understand how to respond to notices of arbitration and grievances and what to consider in reaching a settlement. 
> Reflect on what must be taken into account in balancing workers’ rights with resident well-being as well as how the process may impact staff and resident care.

Webinar 3
Tuesday, October 15
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  Strategic Approaches to Collective Bargaining and Employee Relations 
Robert Bass,
President, Bass Associates Professional Corporation;
Sue Graham-Nutter,
Chief Executive Officer, The Rekai Centres;
Afaf Zaheer, Director, Human Resources (CHRP pending), The Rekai Centres
>  Learn how to prepare for productive and successful collective bargaining, how to effectively articulate your issues during talks and how to tackle common topics of disagreement, such as wages, insured benefits, scheduling and vacation/sick days.
> Hear how to turn grievances into learning opportunities leading to mutually beneficial outcomes.
> Get strategies for building effective employee and union relations.


Webinar 4
Tuesday, October 22
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  Building and Sustaining a Positive Culture through Collaboration 
Jennifer Hesson, Strategy and Business Consultant, Hess Consulting 
> Get tools for assessing the current state of your home’s culture and a variety of practical and no-cost strategies you can use immediately to effect positive change.
> Improve your understanding of how leadership can build positive employee relationships and align individual and organizational values through collaboration. 
> Understand the role of staff in a culture development plan and how to coordinate and organize systems in support of your home’s desired changes.

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