HRPA 2013 Annual Conference & Trade Show

HRPA 2012 conference - Common Pitfalls in Drafting Employment Contracts

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Common Pitfalls in Drafting Employment Contracts

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Time: 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Room: 717B
Speaker: Ronald Minken, Lawyer – Managing Director, Minken Employment Lawyers
Host: Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)


Your employment agreements must be drafted with impeccable care. Otherwise they may quite readily be found void. This presentation shared some of the pitfalls HR professionals should avoid at all costs. Attendees discovered what the Supreme Court of Canada says about the court’s unwillingness to rewrite ambiguous terms in order to make a restrictive covenant reasonable, how such ambiguities should be construed in favour of employees and other findings that directly impact your contracts.


  • Discover how to limit notice upon termination to statutory minimums
  • Learn how to properly draft non-solicitation and non-competition clauses
  • Understand when to use employer agreements versus hiring letters
  • Find out what to attach, if anything, to the employment agreement
  • Identify what terms of the employment agreement should be avoided at all costs
  • Learn what verbal representations, if any, should be provided to an individual you are hiring


Ron Minken heads Minken Employment Lawyers, a global award-winning employment law boutique located in Markham, Ontario. He is well known by clients and the business community across Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States as an energetic and passionate proponent for employment law. He is privileged to be in the ranks of business leaders who have been invited to speak at the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce at the High Commission in the Canadian Embassy in London, England. Ron has also been recognized as one of Canada’s top employment lawyers by Canadian HR Reporter in its Canada’s Employment Lawyers Directory, is responsible for a quarterly column entitled Employment Law Issues in Magazine for Business and frequently contributes to Canadian Employment Law Today, Canadian HR Reporter, The Canadian Employer and Law Times. He participates as a guest speaker at conferences, webinars and seminars, locally and abroad.

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