Managing Employment Law Challenges In The First Nations Workplace


Our First Nations Conference goes virtual!

Whether you are working from home or have returned to the office, Harris & Company LLP are pleased to bring First Nations organizations together with our virtual First Nations Employment Law Series.

Designed specifically for First Nations workplaces, administrations, economic development corporations, schools, health centres and First Nations-owned businesses, these online sessions will equip members of Council, HR Managers, administrators and department leaders to manage human resource challenges that can occur in the workplace.

Our engaging virtual workshops will take a contextual look at current issues shaping the workplace law landscape, and address how First Nations employers can be prepared beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events In The Series

Adapting To A New Normal: Legal Issues On Returning To Work During The Pandemic

July 15, 2020 at 12pm – 2pm PDT

We look at the key legal concerns for First Nations employers regarding return to work, including the impact of new and existing health and safety regulations and the need to update workplace policies, protocols and contingency plans. We will also discuss managing absenteeism relating to refusal to return to work, positive COVID-19 testing (and screening/clearance considerations when the employee returns), and childcare-related responsibilities and restrictions.

Duty To Accommodate In A First Nations Workplace

August 5, 2020 at 12pm – 2pm PDT

We will cover key issues including the prohibited grounds of discrimination, an employer’s duty to inquire, and where the point of undue hardship lies. We will also provide an update on the latest developments in human rights law that applies to the First Nations workplace and the human rights issues raised by the current pandemic.

Dealing With Addiction And Drug Testing

August 12, 2020 at 12pm – 2pm PDT

A comprehensive discussion on the impact of impairment, the scope of permissible testing, and how to respond appropriately to culpable and non-culpable conduct and addictions (from accommodation, progressive discipline or dismissal).

Dismissals And Potential Liability For First Nation Employers

August 19, 2020 at 12pm – 2pm PDT

We take a look at employers’ obligations and unjust dismissal provisions under the Canada Labour Code. You’ll also learn about the different sources of liability that can arise from a dismissal, and strategies to minimize risks. We also discuss the legal issues raised by the temporary layoffs caused by the pandemic and the lessons learned for avoiding liability in the future.

Social Media In The First Nations Workplace

August 26, 2020 at 12pm – 2pm PDT

We delve into the various issues that can arise as a result of using social media, pre-hiring due diligence and legal issues around monitoring the use of technology. We will also provide strategies on how employers can establish effective internal policies to manage social media usage.

How to register

Select to attend any individual event for $50 per person per session, or register for the Full Series for $200 (you’ll gain access to all 5 sessions).

If you miss any of the live sessions, you’ll still receive a recording to watch later at your convenience.

Register for individual sessions or the full series here.


Scott McCann is a partner at Harris & Company LLP and leads the firm’s Indigenous law practice group. He has worked closely with First Nations, tribal councils and Indigenous organizations across British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon. Scott has a deep understanding of the unique requirements and challenges that can arise in the First Nations workplace. His practice focuses on human resources, terminations, policy development and human rights.

Sorry, no cancellations or refunds available. If you miss any of the live sessions, you’ll still receive a recording to watch later at your convenience.



  • Type Webinar Series
  • Date July 15 - August 26, 2020
  • Time 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Location Online
  • Cost $50 per person per session, or $200 for the Full Series (receive access to all 5 sessions)


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