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Workplace Violence and Threat Assessment: Essential guidance from the experts

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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Keith Burkhardt

Employer Counsel
Sherrard Kuzz LLP
Anne Gregory

Legal Counsel
Manitoba Nurses Union


Mike Condra

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Queen's University
Patricia Deol

Union Counsel
Koskie Glavin Gordon
Diane Laranja

Employer Counsel
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP


Occupational health and safety statutes across Canada require employers to take steps to prevent workplace violence. These steps generally include assessing the risk of workplace violence that may arise and developing policies and procedures to eliminate or minimize the risk. Effectively responding to specific concerns that an individual may become violent is also vital to maintaining a safe workplace. In this session, experts will explore legal obligations related to workplace violence, discuss best practices for prevention, and provide guidance on assessing the risk of workplace violence generally and on threat assessment (i.e. assessing the risk that a particular individual may engage in violence).

  • How is violence defined in occupational health and safety legislation across Canada? Is violence limited to actions that cause physical harm to a person, or does it include threats or verbal abuse? What about damage to property?
  • What are the essential components of workplace violence policies? What must be done to ensure that such policies are effectively implemented, reviewed, and improved? What role do worker representatives, unions, and joint health and safety committees play in the development, implementation, and operation of workplace violence policies?
  • What must be done in order to ensure a thorough assessment of the risk of violence occurring in a particular workplace? How should workplace parties assess the general risk of workplace violence being perpetrated by customers, clients, patients, or other third parties?
  • What procedures should be put in place for reporting concerns that workplace violence may occur? What standards should be set to ensure that responses to such concerns are adequate?
  • What role does threat assessment play in responding to concerns that a specific individual may engage in violent behaviour in the workplace? What specialized expertise, if any, is required to conduct threat assessments?
  • What human rights and privacy concerns might be raised by threat assessment policies or practices? How should the concerns be addressed?
  • What role might a threat assessment conducted by an expert play in determining the appropriate disciplinary response to an employee who has uttered threats or engaged in workplace violence?


CPHR Alberta

CPD hours for this event can be logged online, through your CPHR Alberta member profile.

HRPA Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

HRMA Continuing Professional Development

This audio conference has been pre-approved by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & YK) for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours. Be sure to note the Event Identification Number in your CPHR Recertification Log.

Lancaster House CPD
  • This audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan should contact their Law Society regarding CPD approval.
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • This audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society may count this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.

Additional Information

Valuable, up-to-date materials and case summaries will be available for downloading from our website. Each audio conference is accompanied by a PDF of concise summaries of the cases discussed.

Live Session – $265, plus HST
Live Session for 2 or more (Boardroom fee) – $530, plus HST
Bundle Rate – Purchase a Live Session and receive the companion MP3 Recording for $165, plus HST
MP3 Recording – $265, plus HST
(Registrations must be paid in advance of the audio conference)
Contact us for discount pricing on the entire series.

Audio conference MP3 files are available for $265. Those who have purchased the live audio conference may purchase the corresponding downloadable audio MP3 file for the discounted price of $165.

The recorded MP3 file and materials are available for download one business day after the live audio conference. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access and download the audio conference MP3 file and materials by visiting My Account and selecting Order History. For audio file purchases for upcoming audio conferences, once the MP3 file is available through our site, registrants will receive an update e-mail informing them that the links are now ready.

When you register, you'll be given a toll-free number to dial at the time of the session and an access code to join the call. For additional program and registration information, call Lancaster House at (416) 977-6618.

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