The 2018 Accommodation Law Conference (Ottawa)

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The 2018 Accommodation Law Conference (Ottawa)

New legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and their impact on union and employer representatives in Canada

Ottawa
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
May 1 & 2, 2018

Attend this state-of-the-law conference and stay on top of the latest legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and their impact on unionized workplaces in Canada.


ATTENTION LAWYERS: This conference consists of 10.75 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits and can be applied towards 9 of the 12 hours of annual CPD required by the Law Society of Upper Canada (not the New Member Requirement).  

HRPA: A request is pending for this conference to be approved for credit by the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).


TUESDAY, MAY 1

Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sean McGee and Dan Palayew

The Year's Top Accommodation Cases
A review of important new accommodation cases in Canada and their impact on Ontario unions and employers. 

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Andrew Astritis and Kecia Podetz

Update on Accommodating Family Status
The rapidly developing case law on family status discrimination.     
 
Update on Accommodating Mental Disabilities
New cases reflect the influx of mental health needs in the workplace.    
 
Update on Accommodating Substance Addiction
New cases on accommodating employees with drug and alcohol addictions.     
 
Update on Accommodation Remedies
How arbitrators, tribunals and the courts are continuing to award significant awards of damages. 


WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Paul Champ and Meg Steele

Accommodating Marijuana Users
Guidelines for accommodating employees who consume marijuana, including those with marijuana addictions and users of medicinal marijuana.    

Not Far Enough:  When Employers Fall Short in Their Accommodation Obligations
Not following up, missing deadlines, and jumping the gun are just some examples of employers dropping the ball when it comes to their duty to accommodate.

Returning to Work: Special Accommodation Considerations
When an employee returns to work after a lengthy absence, a host of accommodation issues arise including restrictions, trial periods and when to end the accommodation.  
 
The Top 10 Medical Privacy Mistakes to Avoid
Common mistakes unions and employers can avoid when handling confidential medical information in the course of an accommodation.

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Presenters TBA

Accommodation Allowed...or Denied? 
A labour arbitrator offers instant rulings on accommodation grievances presented by union and management counsel.  


PRESENTERS

Andrew Astritis
Union Counsel
Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck
Ottawa

Paul Champ
Union Counsel
Champ & Associates
Ottawa

Sean McGee
Union Counsel
Nelligan O'Brien Payne
Ottawa

Dan Palayew
Employer Counsel
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Ottawa

Kecia Podetz
Employer Counsel
Emond Harnden
Ottawa

Margaret-Marie (Meg) Steele
Senior Legal Counsel
City of Ottawa
Ottawa


Hotel accommodations
**Special guestroom rates (TBA) will be arranged for conference attendees at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa.

The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a unionized hotel.


Tuition

Includes two-day program, conference binder, Certificate of Attendance, continental breakfast and refreshments. Accommodations and other meals are not included.

Individual: $795 (plus $103.35 HST = $898.35) 
Group (3+ each): $745 (plus $96.85 HST = $841.85) 
Super Group (7+ each): $695 (plus $90.35 HST = $785.35)

To qualify for group rates, individuals must be from the same organization, or union local, AND register together at the same time.

Individuals registering separately will not qualify for group rates.

CANCELLATIONS must be in writing and received by April 24  in order to qualify for a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Non-compliance will result in liability for the entire tuition.

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.

This conference consists of 10.75 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits and can be applied towards 9 of the 12 hours of annual CPD required by the Law Society of Upper Canada (not the New Member Requirement).  

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