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Employment Law and Human Resources (HR)


Employment Law and Human Resources Program (HR)

The Employment Law and Human Resources (HR) is a professional certificate program, with a strong emphasis on the municipality’s legal obligations and due diligence strategies related to human resources management. Upon completion, attendees will be able to manage employees more effectively. The program consists of nine modules covering various topics surrounding HR law issues. This progam is also one of four elements of the AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA).

Learn About...

  • HR Processes and Issues including Recruitment, Compensation and Performance Management

  • The Employment Standards Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Act

  • Human Rights and Accommodation

  • Discipline and Terminations

  • Managing in a unionized environment

Who Should Attend? 

  • Senior Municipal Leaders including Directors, Managers and Supervisors

  • Municipal HR Directors, Managers and staff involved in the HR function

  • Students of AMCTO’s Diploma in Municipal Administration

Program Format

It takes approximately 16 hours to go through the reading material for the topics that are covered in the six online modules. A teleconference call is scheduled and lead by the facilitator, prior to the first day of the in-class modules, for the opportunity to address any questions that you may have about the topics covered in the reading materials. The remaining three modules are delivered through a two-day in-class environment and cover different topics from the online modules.

Although a certificate of completion is issued upon conclusion of the nine modules, for those who are enrolled in the DMA, they are required to submit a 4000 word report on one specific topic of their choice that was discussed within the nine modules. Upon achieving the minimum grade standard, they will gain credit for this course toward their completion of the DMA program. Each year, AMCTO presents an award for excellence to the DMA student who attains the highest mark on the HR report of this program.

Resource Materials for the DMA - HR Report (including submission timelines).

Overview of the Modules

The 6 Online Modules cover the following subjects

One day of the in-class Modules cover the following subjects

The other day of the in-class Modules cover the following subjects

  1. Overview/legal frameworkThe Employment Standards Act

  2. The Occupational Health and Safety Act

  3. Human Rights and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

  4. Accommodation

  5. Attendance and Disability

  6. Management

  1. Organizational & Job Design

  2. Hiring/Recruitment

  3. Employee Motivation

  4. Performance Management

  5. Training & Development

  6. Compensation & Benefits


  1. Managing in a Unionized Environment

  2. Discipline and Termination


About the Instructors:     

Alan Whyte is a partner in the Labour and Employment group of Cunningham Swan LLP in Kingston. He has practised labour and employment law for employers, including many municipalities, for over 30 years throughout Eastern Ontario, acting for unionized and non-union employers in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Cunningham Swan, he served as a Vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from 2008-2010. He is a regular presenter at conferences and seminars.

Garth Johns is an effective and highly respected senior leader, manager, consultant and author. He is also a much sought after presenter and speaker on topics relating to leadership, management and human resources. Garth has a passion for common sense leadership with a particular interest in educating, mentoring and developing others.

Program Fee:

$1610.25 ($1425+ $185.25 HST# R106732936) Includes Materials, Refreshments & Lunch for each in-class day.

Refund Policy:
All cancellations must be confirmed to AMCTO in writing. A refund levy of $226.00 (includes HST) will be applied to all cancellations received up to Fourteen (14) business days prior to the event. Refunds are not granted for cancellations made within 13 days or less of the event date.

Upcoming Locations:

Mississauga - April 24-25, 2019
Registration deadline date: April 10, 2019
Limited seats available
AMCTO Office
2680 Skymark Ave. Suite 610 Mississauga, ON
Teleconference date: Facilitated by Alan Whyte on April 15th @ 10am

North Bay - May 22-23, 2019
Registration deadline date: May 8, 2019
Venue details TBD
Teleconference date: Facilitated by Alan Whyte on May 13th @ 10am