The 2019 Accommodation Law Conference (Edmonton)

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The 2019 Accommodation Law Conference (Edmonton)

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

Edmonton
Hotel TBA
May 29 & 30, 2019


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 offers Alberta lawyers a total of 11.5 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).


WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Dan Scott and Jean Torrens

Update on Accommodating Family Status
While there is still no national consensus on the test for family status, recent cases update the law on such issues as work scheduling, work assignments and granting time off. 

Update on Accommodation Remedies
An update on remedy awards in accommodation cases and a review of decisions were damages have ranged widely in the past year from nominal to significant. 

Update on Accommodating Mental Disabilities
New cases on accommodating mental disabilities and successful strategies for handling challenging mental health accommodations.

Update on Accommodating Substance Addiction
A review of recent cases that affirm the need for patience, compassion and flexibility when accommodating addicted employees, and specific strategies for accommodating addicted employees.

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Maurice Dransfeld and Kristan McLeod

The Legal Duties on Employees and Their Unions When Seeking Accommodation
A review of cases where employees and their unions have fallen short in their obligations to cooperate and facilitate when seeking accommodation for reasons that include addictions, employee delays and mixed culpability.

Medical Information Needed to Support an Accommodation Claim
What arbitrators say about the medical information that is necessary to substantiate physical and psychological accommodation claims including when specialists are justified, when requests for medical information go too far and the impact of delays.

Scheduling Accommodation
Recent cases where work scheduling has been at issue in accommodation cases involving family status, religious beliefs and disability limitations.  Scheduling issues include flexible work, night shifts, reduced hours, leaves of absences, vacation time and sick time.

Ten Winning Accommodation Strategies
Case-tested ways unions and employers can streamline the accommodation process and achieve successful accommodation outcomes.   


THURSDAY, MAY 30

MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Damon Bailey and John Carpenter

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

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Ryan Smith and TBA

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


PRESENTERS

Damon Bailey, Q.C.
Employer Counsel
McLennan Ross LLP
Calgary

John Carpenter
Union Counsel
Chivers Carpenter
Edmonton

Maurice Dransfeld
Employer Counsel
McLennan Ross LLP
Edmonton

Kristan McLeod
Union Counsel
Chivers Carpenter
Edmonton

Dan Scott
Union Counsel
Seveny Scott
Edmonton

Ryan Smith
Employer Counsel
Neuman Thompson
Edmonton

Jean Torrens
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP
Calgary


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

A special guestroom rate (TBA) will be arranged for seminar registrants.


TUITION
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 22 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.

ATTENTION LAWYERS: This conference offers Alberta lawyers a total of 11.5 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).

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