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June 1-5, 2020 - Victoria
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Managing Unionized Environments
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Designing Collaborative Workplaces
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Oct 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Oct 18-23, 2020 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 19-22, 2020 - Regina
Coaching Skills
Oct 20-21, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Calgary
Change Management
Nov 3-5, 2020 - Halifax
Strategic Grievance Handling
Nov 3-6, 2020: Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 3-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Performance Management
Nov 17-18, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 17-19, 2020 - Victoria
Workplace Restoration
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Ottawa
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 30-Dec 3, 2020 - Victoria
Building Trust in the Workplace
Dec 1, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 22-27, 2019 - Kingston
Organization Development Foundations
Sep 24-27, 2019 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
Oct 1-3, 2019 - Ottawa
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
Negotiation Skills
Oct 20-25, 2019 - Kingston
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
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Kingston
Workplace Restoration
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
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
Coaching Skills
March 9-10, 2020 - Toronto
Change Management
March 10-12, 2020 - Kingston
Performance Management
March 11-12, 2020 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
March 22-27, 2020 - Kingston
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
Strategic Grievance Handling
April 6-9, 2020 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
April 6-8, 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 31-June 4, 2020 - Kingston
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
July 20-23, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Sep 15, 2020 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 20-25, 2020 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Sep 22-24, 2020 - Toronto
Talent Management
Sep 28-29, 2020 - Kingston
Strategic Workforce Planning
Sep 30-Oct 1, 2020 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Oct 5-7, 2020 - Kingston
Managing Unionized Environments
Oct 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Oct 18-23, 2020 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Oct 20-21, 2020 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Nov 3-6, 2020: Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 3-6, 2020 - Ottawa
Performance Management
Nov 17-18, 2020 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Ottawa
Workplace Restoration
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Dec 1, 2020 - 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
Workplace Restoration
Nov 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
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
Managing Unionized Environments
Oct 6-8, 2020 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 27-29, 2020 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Nov 3-6, 2020: Toronto
Workplace Restoration
Nov 24-26, 2020 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Dec 1, 2020 - Toronto

Labour Relations Articles

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Labour Relations Articles

Leanne Gray, Director of People Services, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
Publication date: September, 2015

As an HR professional or senior leader, you spend years mastering the labour relations fundamentals.  Not the textbook fundamentals, but the behaviours, the actions, communication styles–the way you handle sensitive situations.  You log numerous failures, like the time you told the union that the grievance was invalid because they used red ink, the time you were new and mistook a seasoned union employee for a manager and accidentally told them your grievance strategy. more

Elaine Newman, Arbitrator and Mediator, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: May, 2015

Francine had been disciplined before. She had been suspended for 3 days, for an angry outburst that she had in the shipping department. But this time was worse. Francine was in the cafeteria, finishing her break. Three co-workers sat down at the same table, and within minutes she began yelling and swearing at them. One of them began talking to her, trying to quiet her down. She threw her cup of tea in his face, and then left the room. Francine was terminated. The letter of termination cited the company anti-violence and harassment policies. more

Deborah Hudson, Lawyer, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Publication date: March, 2015

As media scrutiny over schoolyard and cyberbullying pervade the news, allegations of workplace harassment and bullying are on the rise. While the popularization of the terms “bullying” and “harassment” has both educated and empowered employees to assert the right to a respectful workplace, it has conversely sometimes resulted in overuse of the terms and meritless complaints in relation to reasonable management measures. Employers are left with the difficult task of managing all competing interests to ensure a safe, respectful and productive work environment. more

Jennifer Davis, Conciliation and Mediation Specialist, Government of New Brunswick
Publication date: December, 2014

Most people are familiar with the old adage that defines true insanity as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.  Then why, in labour relations, do we continue using the same processes and methods that have not yielded positive results for us in the past?  Well, some parties have learned this lesson and are trying new approaches in their search for win-win outcomes of negotiation. more

Lori Aselstine, Director, Employee Relations and Strategic Human Resources Government of Ontario (retired)
Publication date: June, 2014

The word “strategic” gets thrown around pretty loosely these days – it’s one of those business buzz words meant to instill confidence that we’ve thought this through and it’s all under control: trust us, we’ve got a strategic plan! But there’s more to it than just calling something “strategic”. The term “strategic” implies there is a thoughtful, organized strategy guiding your efforts; that a particular issue has been viewed in the broader context and your decision to proceed is based on the impacts that decision will have across the organization more

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