Canadian HR Podcasts

Join host Jeffrey R. Smith as he looks into the most interesting, innovative and controversial topics in human resources

Episode 5: Health & Safety and Work Refusals

Jeffrey Smith chats with Patrick Essiminy of Stikeman Elliot’s Employment & Labour Group in Montreal about key health and safety rules in the Canada Labour Code, what to do when an employee makes a work refusal under health and safety legislation (using the law in Quebec, where he practices, as an example) as well as a recent and notable case in which he was involved that addressed whether provincial OHS legislation should apply to federally regulated employers in certain circumstances.

Episode 4: 2019 - The year ahead in HR
In this episode, we sit down with Louise Taylor Green, president of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), and Bill Howatt, chief of research, workforce productivity at the Conference Board of Canada to look at what is on the horizon for employers throughout 2019.

Episode 3: Defensive management
In this episode, we look at defensive management - exploring how leaders should be conscious of the way they act and treat employees, and HR's role in guiding, educating and advising leaders. Features Sharone Bar-David, president of Bar-David Consulting.

Episode 2: Cannabis in the workplace
Brian Johnston, a partner and employment law expert with Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, discusses the impending legalization of cannabis in Canada. He touches on topics including zero tolerance, testing and what policies employers should and shouldn't consider when it comes to marijuana.

Episode 1: Sexual harassment in the workplace
We hear from a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace - she talks honestly about how it impacted her, and how her employer responded. (Hint: It didn't do well.) Then, lawyer Laura Williams of Williams HR Law walks employers through the legal ramifications. Finally, Lisa McFarland of Williams HR Consulting offers up the perspective of a human resources professional in light of the #MeToo movement.