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- Manager, People Effectiveness
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Human Resources Management for Indigenous and Northern Organizations

Optimizing Your Organization's Human Capital and Meeting Legal Obligations

December 4, 5 and 6, 2018  ·  Whitehorse, Yukon
Preliminary Agenda: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10 - 10:00
Best Practices in Employee Engagement
  • Creating the conditions for employee commitment
  • Why the employee needs to understand the purposes and objectives of the organization and his or her role in it
  • Understanding the need to have a voice and receive feedback
  • Importance of leadership
  • Innovations and insights
10:00 - 10:45
Human Rights in the Indigenous Workplace
  • Overview of the human rights legislation applicable to First Nations workplaces
  • Understand what constitutes discrimination in the workplace, and what doesn't
  • Update on new developments in family status and medical marijuana
  • In-depth look at policies that address medical marijuana in the workplace
10:45 - 11:00        Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00
Managing Accommodation and Addiction
  • Understanding the duty to accommodate and how to deal with specific disabilities such as addiction
  • What are an employer's obligations when addiction is based on disability, performance is affected, or there are safety considerations?
  • Managing risks: When will failure to accommodate amount to discrimination?
  • Tools for identifying addiction in the workplace
  • Best practices for drug and alcohol testing
  • Understand the options available for accommodating addiction disorders
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Occupational Health and Safety in Indigenous Organizations
  • Developing an OH&S policy
  • Developing and implementing a safety management system
  • The concept of due diligence and the obligation to keep workers safe
  • Accident and near-miss reporting
  • The health and safety committee
2:00 - 2:15        Networking Break
2:15 - 3:15
Team Building: Fostering Collaboration
  • Build your people first
  • Building togetherness in a workplace environment
  • Make teamwork part of your organizational culture
  • Set clear expectation
  • Define team's importance to the accomplishment of organization's goals
3:15 - 4:00
Facilitated Open Discussion: Summary and Q&A
4:00        End of Day Two
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As a leader responsible for human resources, you play an essential role in your organization. You are required to develop and implement personnel policies, keep abreast of evolving laws and regulations, and champion a healthy, happy, and respectful workplace.

INFONEX's three-day Human Resources Management for Indigenous and Northern Organizations course taking place December 4-6, 2018, in Whitehorse, will provide you with a mixture of learning opportunities and advance your knowledge in employment law, staff development, how to do employee evaluations, instill a team culture, and prevent bullying in the workplace.

Attend this conference and hear HR practitioners share their success stories of improving human resources policy, employee wellness, skills capacity development, and preventing bullying, at their respective organizations. Discuss approaches to managing employees and social media. Learn about how one employer aligns their policy with the community culture. Get a toolkit for how to influence people, which will help you instill a team approach to meeting your human resources objectives. Hear how the youth movement can help you attract and retain talent for your organization.

Human Resources Management for First Nations Governments will allow you to benefit from the thought-provoking discussions, need-to-know regulatory updates, and practical tool kits covering the full scope of human resource management at First Nations organizations. We hope to see you there.

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