The Myths, The Mistakes, and the Realities of HR

The Myths, The Mistakes, and the Realities of HR


HR mistakes can affect your business and your bottom line. Companies can face enormous costs from litigation for failing to comply with federal or provincial employment laws, human rights, or labour regulations.  


But to err is human (resources). Everyone makes mistakes, but many HR mistakes are often not as the result of carelessness, but of relying on myths or company traditions.  However, these mistakes can have ripple effects throughout the entire company — affecting company culture, morale, and/or legal liability. That’s why it’s important to be proactive when it comes to human resources, finding and fixing problems before they cost you time, energy, and money. 


The processes within HR are often complex because your HR team must comply with rapidly changing regulatory conditions, business demands and labour shortages. As a result, mistakes may be made. 


In this two-hour webinar we look at the most common myths and mistakes made by HR practitioners so they can be avoided in the future by implementing realistic approaches to your daily practices.  Common mistakes include: 

  • Changing the essential terms of an employee’s job 

  • Failure to provide accommodations when required 

  • Unintended biases in hiring 

  • The myth of one week severance for every year of service 

  • Hiring contractors as employees 

  • Failure to have compulsory policies in place 

  • Employment Standards vs. Common Law   

…and many, many more. 


While this session is part of a series, participants are not required to attend all sessions in the series or attend in any sequence.  Each session can be attended independently. 

Disclaimer: The content of this presentation is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. 


Delivery Method: Virtual Session – Zoom Meetings 

Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and upon completion a digital certificate if requested. 


There are no prerequisites for this course.   While this course is part of a series, participants are not required to attend all courses in the series or attend in any sequence.  Each course in the series can be attended independently. 

Technical Requirements

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory)– in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair


What Previous Participants Have Said

“Pamela is clear and extremely knowledgeable. It is so nice to be in a course where the instructor is fluent in the description and explanations.” 

Who Should Attend

This course is an introductory course designed to be beneficial for everyone attending.  Those that are new to a Human Resources (HR) role or anyone that performs HR tasks within a company, as well as supervisors or managers may find this session of value.