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CPHR NS - Performance Management & Progressive Discipline (Halifax)
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When: Thursday, October 11, 2018
8:45am-10:45am, check in between 8:30-8:45am
Where: CPHR Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103

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Performance management requires a significant commitment of time and energy on the part of the employer and it can be difficult convincing managers to buy into it.  However, it is fundamental for three reasons:  first, meaningful performance management helps encourage high-performing employees.  Second, the employee with the performance issues might actually improve, which would be ideal for everyone.  The employee will feel better, knowing he or she is doing a good job and the employer will not have thrown significant time and energy out the proverbial window.  Third, if the employee does not improve, the employer will have a detailed account of the ways in which it attempted to provide training and support to increase the employee's performance to the level required by the employer.

Progressive discipline is a separate but not unrelated issue.  It also requires significant commitment from the employer and buy-in from management.  It can be used as a tool to, ideally, remediate poor performance or behaviour but it is often 'required' before an employee can be terminated, particularly for performance.  Delivering effective and consistent progressive discipline can help reform the under-performer and justify the termination of those who just won't improve.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The importance of performance management and progressive discipline
  • Ways to maximize the efficacy of performance reviews
  • Providing meaningful performance reviews
  • The perils of allowing performance management/progressive discipline to slide
  • Navigating the challenges of ensuring consistent progressive discipline


About the Facilitator

Michelle Black, Stewart McKelvey

Michelle is an associate with Stewart McKelvey in their Halifax office. Her expertise lies in the areas of labour (including construction industry labour issues), employment, administrative, occupational health & safety, workers’ compensation and education law. She has worked on matters for various types of organizations, ranging from those with complex systems of human resources administration to those with a small staff. Michelle has appeared before a Human Rights Board of Inquiry, the Nova Scotia Labour Board and all levels of court in Nova Scotia. While she has assisted her clients with adversarial matters, Michelle has also provided proactive advice on ways to avoid issues before they arise, including the creation of employment agreements, policies, and other employee communications.



  8:30 am  Participant Check-in and Coffee/Tea available
  8:45 am  Session begins
10:45 am  Session concludes



Early Bird (by Sept 20)

After Sept 20, 2018
Members $119 plus HST ($136.85) $179 plus HST ($205.85)
Future Members and Others $279 plus HST ($320.85) $339 plus HST ($389.85)

CPHR Nova Scotia's CPHRs receive a $20 discount off the above pricing.

Important note: Registrants must renew their membership for the period starting September 1, 2018 (by August 31, 2018) in order to qualify for member rates for this session.  If a member registers before they renew and then later does not renew, the price difference (to the non-member rate) will apply and it will be the responsibility of the individual to pay it.  If you renew on time and/or register after August 31, this statement will not apply to you.


To Register

Pre-registration is required.  To register, click on the register for this link above.  By registering, you confirm that you have read and agree to the Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy.

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The registration deadline is Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 12 noon (or earlier if the event is sold out).  Please note that registrations are not possible after online registration has closed.  Registration cannot be purchased at the door.

Payment Terms

Payment is due by the registration deadline or within 30 days of your registration (whichever is earlier).  Payments made be made conveniently online at time of registration by Visa/Mastercard or by cheque received by the registration deadline.  Cheques must be received by the registration deadline (October 4) by CPHR Nova Scotia, 84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103, Halifax, NS B3S 1A2.  Registrations September 20th or later must be paid online at time of registration.

If paying by Visa or Mastercard, you must have the billing address exactly as it appears on the credit card statement or the transaction will be declined.  This is a security feature for your protection.

Cancellation Policy

A refund, less a $40 plus HST processing fee, will be issued for cancellations received in writing by September 20, 2018 at 12:00 noon.  Those who make reservations and do not attend will be required to pay for the full session fee.  Cancellations received in writing by 12:00 noon on September 20, 2018 will only be charged the processing fee.  Substitutions are permitted up to two business days before the event (for substitutions, the registrant must advise our office of their replacement in writing by 10:00am on October 9).  Member/non-member rates will be applied to the substitutions.  This cancellation policy applies regardless of date of registration.  Registrations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable.

By registering, you confirm that you have read and agree to the Payment Terms and the Cancellation Policy.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103 / Halifax, NS / B3S 1A2
Telephone: (902) 446-3660 / Fax: (902) 446-3677