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Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
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Dec 2-6, 2019 - Victoria
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Dec 3-6, 2019 - Toronto
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Feb 11-13, 2020 - Ottawa
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February 24-27, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
February 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
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March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
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Coaching Skills
March 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
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March 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
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March 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
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April 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
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Negotiation Skills
April 19-24, 2020 - Kingston
Change Management
April 28-30, 2020 - Calgary
Strategic Workforce Planning
May 5-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
May 12-14, 2020 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 12-14, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 24-28, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
June 1-5, 2020 - Victoria
Negotiation Skills
June 22-26, 2020 - Halifax
Managing Unionized Environments
July 7-9, 2020 - Halifax
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
July 20-23, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Mar 26-29, 2019 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 2-5, 2019 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Apr 7-12, 2019 - Kingston
Change Management
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Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 26, 2019 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
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Organization Development Foundations
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HR Metrics and Analytics
May 7-9, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 14-16, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
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Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 22-27, 2019 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Sep 24-27, 2019 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 1-3, 2019 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
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Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
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Performance Management
Oct 16-17, 2019 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
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Organizational Design
Oct 22-24, 2019 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Oct 29-30, 2019 - Toronto
Talent Management
Nov 5-6, 2019 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 7, 2019 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Dec 3-6, 2019 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Feb 11-13, 2020 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
February 24-27, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
February 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
March 3-5, 2020 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
March 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Performance Management
March 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
March 24-27, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Advanced HR
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
April 2, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
April 6-9, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
April 15-16, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
April 19-24, 2020 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
May 5-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
May 12-14, 2020 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 12-14, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 24-28, 2020 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
July 20-23, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Mar 26-29, 2019 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 2-5, 2019 - Toronto
Change Management
Apr 9-11, 2019 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 26, 2019 - Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 30-May 3, 2019 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 7-9, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Workforce Planning
May 28-29, 2019 - Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Sep 24-27, 2019 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 1-3, 2019 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 8-10, 2019 - Toronto
Performance Management
Oct 16-17, 2019 - Toronto
Organizational Design
Oct 22-24, 2019 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Oct 29-30, 2019 - Toronto
Talent Management
Nov 5-6, 2019 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 7, 2019 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Workplace Restoration
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Dec 3-6, 2019 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
February 25-27, 2020 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
March 3-5, 2020 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
March 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Performance Management
March 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
March 24-27, 2020 - Toronto
Advanced HR
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
March 30-April 1, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
April 2, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
April 6-9, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
April 15-16, 2020 - Toronto
Workplace Restoration
May 12-14, 2020 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
July 20-23, 2020 - Toronto

Labour Relations Articles

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Labour Relations Articles

Kari Boyle, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: March, 2019

It is common for employees to seek help from their manager if they are experiencing conflict or relationship challenges in the workplace.  What are your options as a manager to respond in a way that provides benefits to the employee, to the workplace as a whole and to you?  Consider this scenario: You are Karen’s manager. more

Deborah Hudson, Lawyer, Turnpenney Milne LLP
Publication date: March, 2019

Termination for ‘just cause’ (and without notice) is often described as the capital punishment of employment law.  Consequently, employers face a significant burden when trying to prove just cause at law. Arguing just cause for dismissal may be difficult, but not impossible, especially in circumstances involving dishonesty or lack of trust. Nevertheless, employers should always exercise caution when making just cause allegations, because a legally unsubstantiated just cause termination can be costly. If an arbitrator overturns an employer’s termination decision in a unionized environment, this can result in a decision that reinstates that grievor and provides him or her with significant back pay. more

Ronald Pizzo, Labour Lawyer, Pink Larkin
Publication date: December, 2018

A workplace investigation will not repair dysfunctional workplace relationships. A workplace investigation neither builds bridges, nor resolves interpersonal conflict. In fact, an investigation may make a difficult work environment even more difficult. So how do we put Humpty Dumpty back together again, if all the King’s horses and all the King’s people could not? more

Kari Boyle, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: October, 2018

In the Queen’s IRC Strategies for Workplace Conflicts course, we start by asking participants what they would particularly like help with in their workplace.  A common response is “difficult / high conflict people”.  However you define it, this is a huge challenge in today’s workplace and, unless it is handled well, it takes significant time, energy and expertise away from the work to be done. Most people have heard about Serena Williams’ public outburst at the U.S. Open this fall. Her behaviour and words were shocking and unexpected.  more

Joan Sabott, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: September, 2018

A habit can be defined as a “usual manner of behavior.” But what I know about conflict is that there is often nothing “usual” about it. What happens to those of us who support others in conflict is that we tend to reach for the same set of tools each time, although we often are trying to solve very different problems. Even with the best of intentions, these habits can result in frustration, shallow or even bad resolutions, and won’t meet the needs of the people in conflict. more

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