HR Forum Meeting

Wednesday, March 19 - 2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

ITAC HR Forum – Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“What’s New in Employment Law, and AODA – The Employment Standard and More”

The next ITAC HR Forum meeting is Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 and is being hosted by Samsung Canada in Mississauga.   Please register and mark your calendars accordingly!



8:30 – 9:00 am

Check-in, networking and continental breakfast
(compliments of Samsung)
  9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome, introductions, opening comments and ITAC update  

Micheline Lepage, ITAC

Sheryl Helsdon-Baker, Oracle
Bruce Markowitz, Unisys

9:15 – 9:45 am


”Update on what’s new in employment law, including the following topics”

  • ·                     Bill 168 – Review of recent cases dealing with workplace harassment and violence prevention;
  • ·                     Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario -  Recent damage awards and new test for accommodating family status;
  • ·                     Wrongful Dismissal – updates on calculating reasonable notice and more
  • ·                     Occupational Health and Safety – new mandatory safety awareness training requirements



Saba Zia



9:45 – 10:30 am


”Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2014-2015” 

  • ·                     Up next…the Employment Standard – What does it mean for Human Resources?  What is involved?
  • ·                     Not to be overlooked….the general requirements – Training, policies and multi-year accessibility plans
  • ·                     Enforcement
  • ·                     A peak at the future – the Customer Service Standard revisited – proposed changes for a new Customer Service Standard
  • ·                     On the horizon:  web sites, the built environment, Manitoba



Anneli LeGault



10:30 – 10:45 am Networking Break  
10:45 – 11:30 am  

“Accessibility at IBM; a case study” 

  • ·         Rukhsana Syed will cover the IBM story for AODA Compliance & Accessibility with focus on AWC – Accessible Workplace Connection, a tool used to fulfill accommodations for PwD employees.



Rukhsana Syed

Diversity& Compliance Leader

IBM Canada

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch and Roundtable Discussion:  How has your organization dealt with the challenges around AODA?  Do you continue to have challenges with accessibility? Are there HR legal challenges you struggle with?  Please come prepared to engage in a 60-90 minute roundtable conversation on these subjects and other topics of interest to you and your organization.



NOTE:  If you have any roundtable topics you would like to raised and discussed during the roundtable at lunch, please send them to me via email at prior to the meeting.

When Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Time 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST
Register ITAC Members Only - respond to Micheline Lepage by email by March 17th

HR Forum Co-Chairs:
Sheryl Helsdon-Baker, Oracle
Bruce Markowitz, Unisys

Meeting Host:

    Anna-Lisa Prencipe, Samsung Canada 

Meeting Moderator:
   Bruce Markowitz, Unisys

Presenter Biographies:

Saba Zia, Associate, Dentons

Saba’s practice involves providing practical and strategic advice to employers on employee hirings, employment agreements, workplace policies, privacy matters, discipline and termination and labour relations. In addition, Saba has experience with wrongful dismissal litigation, Occupational Health and Safety charges, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board appeals, employment standards complaints, human rights applications and labour arbitrations.



Anneli LeGault, Partner, Dentons

Anneli’s employment law practice is focused on human resources policy issues, including employment agreements, human rights, pay equity, employment equity, reorganizations, outsourcing, secondments and terms and conditions of employment.  More recently she has been advising clients on Ontario’s workplace harassment, workplace violence and regulations. Anneli also advises and represents a wide range of both federally and provincially regulated clients on labour relations and employment law issues before various administrative tribunals, and advises clients on the administration of collective agreements, hiring and termination procedures and other related areas.



Rukhsana Syed, Diversity& Compliance Leader, IBM Canada

Rukhsana is the Diversity & Compliance leader for IBM Canada where she is tasked with mandating diversity as a strategic business imperative. This includes making sure the company meets or exceeds corporate and government standards for accessibility, equality, and diversity. Currently, she is spearheading IBM’s efforts to become AODA compliant. She also champions the company’s initiatives to not only become more inclusive and proactively recognize the needs of its employees, but also leverage the wealth of diversity to make IBM a better company. 



Hope to see you on March 19th at Samsung Canada and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


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