The 2018 Accommodation Law Conference (Vancouver)

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The 2018 Accommodation Law Conference (Vancouver)

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

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
May 16 & 17, 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: A request is pending for this conference to be approved for credit by the Law Society of BC. 

CPHR: A request is pending for this conference to be accredited by the CPHR BC & YK.


Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tom Roper and TBA

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

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Presenters TBA

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. 


MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Gary Bainbridge and Kevin Wilson

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.  


Gary Bainbridge, Q.C.
Union Counsel
Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham

Thomas Roper, Q.C. 
Employer Counsel
Roper Greyell

Kevin Wilson, Q.C. 
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP

**Special guestroom rates (TBA) will be arranged for for registrants at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, in downtown Vancouver. 

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a unionized hotel.

Includes two-day program, conference binder, Certificate of Attendance, continental breakfast and refreshments.

Accommodations and other meals are not included.

Individual: $795 (plus $39.75 GST = $834.75) 
Group (3+ each): $745 (plus $37.25 GST = $782.25) 
Super Group (7+ each): $695 (plus $34.75 GST = $729.75) 

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 May 9 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.

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