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Rooting Out Racism: Practical guidance for employers and unions

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EST

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Kim Bernhardt



In May 2020, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody reignited the Black Lives Matter movement, giving rise to mass anti-racism protests throughout the United States and subsequently worldwide. At the same time, new data began exposing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people from racial and ethnic minority groups. The resulting increase in public awareness of systemic racism and its effects has generated unprecedented momentum and widespread support for anti-racist initiatives, with activists in Canada highlighting the prevalence of racism and discrimination against Black and Indigenous people in particular. At this critical moment, employers and unions have an important opportunity to evaluate their roles in combating racial injustice and to take meaningful action toward building more equitable workplaces.

In this session, experts will provide practical guidance on how to recognize and begin rooting out racism in the workplace, with a focus on the following issues:

  • How has the dialogue around racism changed in recent months, and what is the significance of this change for employers and unions? What commitments have Canadian businesses and other organizations made in support of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities?
  • In what ways is systemic racism manifested in the workplace? Why can systemic racism be difficult to identify?
  • What barriers do racialized applicants encounter in recruitment and hiring? How can employers improve recruitment and hiring practices to avoid racial discrimination and build a more diverse workforce?
  • What is unconscious bias, and how does it affect the workplace? What strategies can workplace parties use to interrupt bias?
  • What are microaggressions? What are some examples of microaggressions and their effects in the workplace? How should workplace parties respond to microaggressions?
  • How can employers and unions improve the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion training? What resources are available to workplace parties seeking to learn more about racism?
  • How can employers and unions initiate open, honest conversations with employees about racism? How can workplace leaders create an environment in which employees feel comfortable communicating feedback and concerns?
  • What unique challenges are Black, Indigenous, and other racialized employees facing during this time, and how can workplace parties best support them?
  • What steps can unions take to advocate for anti-racist practices in their workplaces and assume leadership roles in advancing racial equity?


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.
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism 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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