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Employment Law for Architects

12 May 2012

3 OAA ConEd learning hours

Course Outline

While all architects have a business to run, the business requirements of managing a firm and employees require knowledge of employment law and human resource issues to ensure that your company is taking the right proactive steps to minimize potential liability and exposure.   Participants will learn and be able to discuss employee law and human right issues with James Heeney, B.A., LLB, Partner, Robinson Heeney, LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in employment law issues.   The purpose of the session is to provide an overview of Employment Law 101 issues, and bring owners/managers up to speed on changes and developments in the area of employment law and human rights issues that could have an impact on their business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference and liabilities associated with employees vs. independent contractors
  • Understanding our legal obligations under the Employment Standards Act and Human Rights Code
  • Understanding the best way to start an employment relationship 
  • Understanding the best steps to take in ending an employment relationship


James D. Heeney, B.A., LLB

Toronto Employment Lawyer James Heeney’s is a founding partner of Robinson Heeney LLP.  James provides counsel to employers and employees on all areas of employment law, including employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, workplace policies, employment standards, and human rights in the workplace. He is equally effective as a litigator when that best serves his client’s interests.

James’ academic background is exemplary. As a law student, he won awards each year of his studies, culminating in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s prestigious Award of Excellence recognizing the leading students in Ontario Law Schools. While at law school, James worked at a law firm helping to prepare for trials and appeals. He also helped develop a training program used in all federal institutions.

James earned his LL.B from Queen’s University in 2003, and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2004. Prior to forming Robinson Heeney LLP, James worked at a national full service law firm in downtown Toronto.