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Employment Law and Human Resources (HR)


Employment Law and Human Resources Program (HR)

The Employment Law and Human Resources Program (HR) is a standalone certificate program, with a strong emphasis on the municipality’s legal obligations and due diligence strategies related to human resources management. Upon completion, you will be able to manage employees more effectively. The program consists of nine modules covering various topics surrounding HR law issues. This program 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 termination

  • Managing in a unionized environment

Who Should Attend? 

  • Municipal leaders including directors, managers, and supervisors

  • Municipal managers and staff involved in the HR function

  • Students of AMCTO’s Diploma in Municipal Administration

Program Format

This program consists of nine (9) modules that cover various topics within employment law and human resources for municipalities.

The first six (6) modules are delivered through online videos and reading materials, which takes approximately 16 hours to go through. After you have reviewed the vidoes and readings, you will participate in a Zoom session with the instructor to discuss and address any questions you may have. The remaining three (3) modules are delivered through two days of Zoom sessions.

Although a certificate of completion is issued upon conclusion of the nine (9) modules, if you are enrolled in the DMA, you are also required to submit a 4000-word HR report on a topic of your choice that relates to any of the modules. Upon achieving the minimum grade standard, you will gain credit for this program toward your DMA. Each year, AMCTO presents an award for excellence to the DMA student who attains the highest mark on the HR report.

Resource Materials for the DMA - HR Report (including submission timelines):
1. HR Report Schedule & Timelines
2. HR Report Guidelines
3. HR Report Work Plan Proposal Template
4. Request for Extension - HR Report 

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 framework

  2. The Employment Standards Act

  3. The Occupational Health and Safety Act

  4. Human Rights and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

  5. Accommodation

  6. Attendance and Disability Management

  1. HR Processes & Organizational Strategic Plan 

  2. Organizational & Job Design

  3. Hiring/Recruitment

  4. Employee Motivation

  5. Performance Management

  6. Training & Development

  7. Compensation & Benefits 
  1. Managing in a Unionized Environment

  2. Discipline and Termination


About the Trainers:     

Alan Whyte Counsel, Cunningham Swan LLP

Alan 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.

Amanpreet Sidhu - General Manager of Corporate Services & City Solicitor, City of Orillia

Amanpreet has 15+ years of experience in law, business and management and holds certificates in Human Rights Protection (International Institute of Human Rights, France), Advanced Negotiation (Harvard University, PON), Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership (Schulich EEC) and an Executive MBA through the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Amanpreet is a proud alumnus of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Program Fee:

$1644.15 ($1455+ $189.15 HST# R106732936)

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 Five (5) business days prior to the event. Refunds are not granted for cancellations made within 4 days or less of the event date.  You must submit written notice of your cancellation to Manjit Badh

Upcoming Offerings via Online Reading Materials and Zoom Classes 

It is highly recommended that registrants participate in a special pre-class check-in via Zoom. This will provide an opportunity to discuss and ask questions with the trainer about the six (6) modules that are delivered through the online reading materials, prior to delving deeper into the remaining three (3) modules which are delivered through a two-day live zoom environment.

Attendance is essential to this format of learning. Although sessions will be recorded, we encourage everyone to join in the live Zoom to engage in thoughtful discussion, to ask questions and network with your peers in the sector.

Please note that you must have the I.T. infrastructure to accommodate this format (laptop and internet access). View full list of Zoom Requirements.

Spring Offering
Program Dates: May 27-28, 2021 
Digital Format (Zoom)
Registration is closed. Spaces reached capacity and we are no longer adding names to the waiting list.
Pre-class call check-in via Zoom – May 17, 2021 @ 10AM ET
(Joining details will be sent once you've registered) 

Two more zoom offerings will be offered in 2021; one in August and the other in November. Registration details will be posted by the end of June.