The HR Series: Reasonable Suspicion – What do you need to know? (Live Online Training)
Reasonable suspicion testing is performed when a Supervisor has evidence or reasonable cause to suspect an employee of drug or alcohol impairment while at work. Evidence is based upon direct observation, either by a supervisor or another employee.

This 2-hour interactive session is designed to provide Supervisors in safety-sensitive environment in making objective decisions about reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing, including:

  • What is Reasonable Suspicion Testing
  • Drug Use Stats
  • Employer & Employees Obligations Under the Policy & the Law
  • The 5 Steps to Testing
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • How to Document

This session will also discuss the potential consequences for positive tests and look at some suggestions for updating your company policies.

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The HR Series: Managing Leaves, Absences, & Accommodations (Live Online Training)

In Canada, employees have access to a wide array of legislated leaves, and as an employer you must understand how to manage the administrative requirements of each type, ensure compliance, update company policies and practices, all while ensuring privacy and confidentiality are adhered to.

Further, you are required to foster an inclusive workplace where all employees are treated with respect and dignity. In fact, it is your requirement to act in a manner consistent with obligations under Canadian Human Rights, which includes accommodating individuals to ensure those who are otherwise able to work are not discriminated against by being excluded from doing so when working conditions can be adjusted by the employer.

Some examples of accommodation include:

  • Providing a special screen and software for people with visual impairment.
  • Adapting the duties of a labourer recovering from a broken wrist.
  • Managing an employee’s schedule in a way that balances their work and caregiving obligations.
  • Making wheelchair access available to people with disabilities.

There is no one size fits all formula for managing leaves, ongoing absences, and requests for accommodations.  However, employers are responsible for considering requests from employees and job applicants for accommodation of work-related needs, to the point of undue hardship.

All of this requires special know how in order to manage requests, workplace modifications, supporting medical information in some cases, managing the privacy of the individual being accommodated, understanding when the leave or accommodation exceeds the employers ability or duty to continue, and documenting the process.

In this HR Series Webinar participants will learn:

  • The various leaves, absences and sick time requirements in Canada.
  • The Duty to Accommodate process.
  • What is Undue Hardship.
  • How to develop and implement best practices and policies consistent with human rights legislation.
  • How to assess each request for a leave or accommodation on its own merit.
  • How to seek information from the employee regarding the absence or accommodation.
  • How to determine what barriers might affect the employee requesting the accommodation and explore options for removing these barriers.
  • How to document the process.

 Who Should Attend?

  • Manager and Supervisors
  • HR and Administrative Staff
  • Safety Professionals

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Presenter: Pamela Bragg – Sarkany Management Inc.

Pamela Bragg is the owner of Sarkany Management Inc., a Human Resources Consulting firm, which offers a broad range of HR services. Pamela has a comprehensive background in executive level human resources and holds a Master’s Certificate in Strategic Human Resources & Organizational Change.