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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 stand a-lone 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 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 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

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 reading materials, which takes approximately 16 hours to go through. A teleconference call is scheduled and lead by the facilitator, for the opportunity to address any questions that you may have about the topics covered in the online reading modules.

The remaining three (3) 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 (9) 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 in any of the nine (9) 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.

Resource Materials for the DMA - HR Report (including submission timelines):
1. HR Report Timelines
2. HR Report Guidelines
3. HR Report - Work Plan 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 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. 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 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.  You must submit written notice of your cancellation to Claudia Biasutto

Two Locations for Fall 2019

1. Sydenham - October 22nd & 23rd, 2019 
Registration deadline: October 4th
Sydenham Library
4412 Wheatley St
Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0
(613) 376-3027

Teleconference date: Facilitated by Alan Whyte on October 15, 2019 @ 10am 

2. Hamilton- November 18th & 19th, 2019 
Registration deadline: November 1st 
City of Hamilton – City Fall 
71 Main St W,
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5
(905) 546-2424

Teleconference date: Facilitated by Alan Whyte on November 5, 2019 @ 10am