The 2019 Accommodation Law Conference (Vancouver)

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The 2019 Accommodation Law Conference (Vancouver)

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

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
May 15 & 16, 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.

LAWYERS: A request is pending for this conference to be approved by the Law Society of BC.

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


Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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.

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.


MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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.   

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.

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


Lynsey Gaudin
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP

Sandra Guarascio
Employer Counsel
Roper Greyell

Lindsay Lyster
Union Counsel 
Moore Edgar Lyster

John McConchie
Labour Arbitrator and Mediator
McConchie & Company

Thomas Roper, Q.C. 
Employer Counsel
Roper Greyell

Lindsay Waddell
Union Counsel
Moore Edgar Lyster

Andrea Zwack
Employer Counsel
Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP


**Special guestroom rates (TBA) will be arranged 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 8 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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