Course Description

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into 2021, many workplaces are navigating the sometimes tricky task of creating policies and practices for unprecedented events. At a time when some businesses are continuing to work from home while others are beginning to transition back into the workplace, it is important to know what legal rights you and your employees have. This webinar aims to provide you and your workplace with guidance to keep your employees safe during COVID-19, as well as opening up the opportunity to ask questions to our experts in employment law.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Legal rights of employees during COVID19 – what to do when feeling unsafe at work, your rights, and responsibilities as an employee.
  • How to develop a policy that keeps your employees safe during COVID-19
  • How to accommodate employee discomfort and illness during the pandemic


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Associate Professor, Faculty of Management Chair of the Human Resources and Organizational Studies University of Lethbridge

Kelly Williams-Whitt, PhD

Dr. Kelly Williams-Whitt is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge and Chair of the Human Resources and Organizational Studies area. Dr. Williams-Whitt teaches courses in occupational health and safety, labour relations, employment law, human resource management and workplace diversity. Her research is published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and she has authored numerous books and book chapters on work disability, and labour and employment law. Dr. Williams-Whitt is also an active arbitrator and mediatior. She holds an appointment with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Labour Program), sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the CIRPD.

Simon Kent

With over 20 years of hands-on legal experience and a bold entrepreneurial spirit, Simon Kent is a visionary committed to redefining the practice of employment law. He is a keen advocate for legal innovation, working to reimagine the employment relationship as a reciprocal rather than binary arrangement that benefits all workplace stakeholders. A veteran practitioner, Simon advises senior executives and company leaders. He is a creative and strategic thinker with a unique skill for solving the most complicated workplace puzzles and is the counsel of choice for employers and employees looking for cutting-edge solutions to complex legal problems. In 2019, he directed his energy to exploring alternative pricing strategies as one way to provide value to his clients. You can read more about this value-focus here. The founder, heart, and soul of Kent Employment Law, Simon led his team to break ground and become the first B Corp certified law firm in Canada in 2015 (learn more here). He is a thought leader in the employment law space, as an event organizer, author, media commentator, and public speaker. Simon has also been recognized by Three Best Rated as one of the Top 3 Employment Lawyers in Vancouver and recently shared his thoughts on the challenges facing law firm managing partners with CBA National Magazine.

Course curriculum

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    Employee Legal Rights During COVID-19

    • Pre-Survey

    • Employee Legal Rights During COVID-19

    • Employee Legal Rights During COVID-19

    • Evaluation Survey