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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. This program is also one of four elements of the AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA).

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 seven modules on employment law and human resources for municipalities and all course materials are provided via AMCTO Connect portal with Zoom classes.

The first four modules are delivered through online videos and reading materials. After you have reviewed the videos and readings, you will participate in a one hour Zoom class to review the content of the four modules with the instructor. The remaining three modules are delivered through two full days of Zoom classes.

Module Outline

Note: The program previously had nine modules. They have been consolidated into seven modules as of June 2021.

Delivered through videos, readings and review via a one-hour Zoom session
(Please prepare to spend at least 10 hours going through the videos and readings)

  • Module 1: Legal Framework
  • Module 2: Employment Standards Act
  • Module 3: Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • ​Module 4: Human Rights and Attendance Management
  • ​Zoom Session #1: Module 1 to 4 Review

Delivered through two-days of Zoom sessions (five hours each day)

  • Zoom Session #2:
    • Module 5: HR Processes and Organizational Planning
  • Zoom Session #3:
    • Module 6: Understanding Collective Agreements
    • ​Module 7: Discipline and Termination

Employment Law/Human Resources Report for DMA Students

You will receive a certificate of completion after completing the modules. However, if you are enrolled in the DMA, you must also submit a 4000-word employment law/human resources report on a topic of your choice that relates to any of the modules. If you get a get a grade of 60% or higher, you will gain credit for the HR program toward your DMA. Each year, AMCTO presents an award of excellence to the DMA student who attains the highest mark on the HR report.

Resources for the report (including submission timelines)

1. HR Report Schedule & Timelines - updated June 2022
2. HR Report Submission Guidelines - revised January 2022
3. HR Report Proposal Template - revised August 2021
4. Request for Extension - HR Report 

About the Instructors:     

Kalen Ingram - Partner, Cunningham Swan Lawyers

Kalen is a management-side Labour & Employment lawyer with Cunningham Swan Lawyers in Kingston. A graduate of Harvard University and Queen’s University Law School, she provides proactive and strategic advice to small and large employers in both the public and private sector on all matters relating to labour and employment law.

An experienced litigator, she has appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Court of Justice, and the Superior Court of Justice. She is an active member of the Kingston legal community and volunteers as a Board member with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.

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)

HR Program Refund Policy: All cancellations must be confirmed in writing to Education Department. A refund levy of $226.00 ($200.00 + $26.00 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 thirteen (13) days or less of the event date. Transfers of registration or payment to a later date is not permitted. 

Upcoming Sessions

Attendance is essential to this format of learning. Although the Zoom sessions will be recorded, you are expected to attend all of them.

Please note that you must have the technology to accommodate this format (computer and internet access). View a full list of Zoom system requirements here.

Two offerings during the Fall 2022

September 2022

Program Dates: Registration deadline August 5 or when class reaches capacity.

September  15, 28 & 29 – Digital Format (Zoom)
Access to all course materials and zoom links via AMCTO Connect by August 18

Day 1 - Module 1-4 Review via Zoom:
September 15, 2022
10 AM - 11 AM ET with sign-in at 9:45 am.

Day 2 - Module 5 via Zoom:
September 28, 2022
9 AM - 3 PM ET with sign-in at 8:45 am.

Day 3: Module 6 & 7 via Zoom:
September 29, 2022
10 AM - 3 PM ET with sign-in at 9:45 am.

November 2022

Program Dates: Registration closes September 23 or when class reaches capacity.

November 3, 16 & 17 – Digital Format (Zoom)
Access to all course materials and zoom links via AMCTO Connect by October 6

Day 1 - Module 1-4 Review via Zoom:
November 3, 2022
10 AM - 11 AM ET with sign-in at 9:45 am.

Day 2 - Module 5 via Zoom:
November 16, 2022
9 AM - 3 PM ET with sign-in at 8:45 am.

Day 3: Module 6 & 7 via Zoom:
November 17, 2022
10 AM - 3 PM ET with sign-in at 9:45 am.