Legal Series

IntegralOrg's Legal Series are free 1-hour virtual discussions by legal specialists on a range of legal issues relevant to nonprofits and charities. They are designed for nonprofit management, board members, staff, and volunteers.

Additional webinars in our Legal Series will be announced soon, including Board Director Liability: What Board Members Need to Know (November 17, 1-2pm.)

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Employment Standards: From Policy to Practice
Thursday, October 13, 1-2pm

This webinar goes beyond the fundamentals of employment standards and addresses some of the common pitfalls that can result in costly problems for charities and nonprofit organizations.  

Melissa Rico, an employment standards specialist and Partner at Carbert Waite LLP, and Kate Ashton, a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with Salopek & Associates, are featured guest speakers well-versed in advising Alberta organizations on employment law compliance and optimizing the workplace experience, alongside moderator Yvonne Chenier.

During this webinar we will cover:

  • Common mistakes and resource draining practices in charities and nonprofits dealing with employment law.
  • Key considerations for organizations with employees or volunteers who work with vulnerable people.
  • Key HR management strategies in addressing working retention.
  • Best practices and common pitfalls in the application of employment standards.
  • Q&A with Melissa Rico and Kate Ashton.  

This free and interactive webinar is a fit for nonprofit HR professionals and nonprofit leaders at any level that deal with employment legislation and employee relations. 


Melissa Rico became a member of the Law Society of Alberta in 2004, joined Carbert Waite LLP in 2006, and became a partner in 2017. Melissa practices in all areas of civil and commercial litigation. Melissa’s primary practice areas are employment law and health law. She has extensive experience representing both employers and employees on a wide variety of matters, including termination of employment, employment contracts, human rights, privacy, and disability issues.   

Kate Ashton is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, with 15+ years of experience functioning as a senior HR professional within organizations across many different industries. As a strategic partner she provides guidance and support advising business leaders on optimizing the workplace experience and becoming an employer of choice.  

Yvonne Chenier is a lawyer and philanthropy consultant – and co-founder of IntegralOrg. Yvonne brings more than 35 years of experience helping those in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and social enterprise sectors as general legal counsel and as an advisor on planning, organizational, regulatory and governance matters.