The 2019 Accommodation Law Conference (Ottawa)

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The 2019 Accommodation Law Conference (Ottawa)

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

Fairmont Chateau Laurier
June 19 & 20, 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: This conference consists of 11.5 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).


Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION (8:30 – 12:00)
Paul Champ and Meg Steele

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

Samantha Lamb and Dan Palayew

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 – 12:00)
Andrew Astritis and Kecia Podetz

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.   

Andrew Tremayne (Chair), Jean-Michel Corbeil and TBA

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


Andrew Astritis
Union Counsel
Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck

Paul Champ
Union Counsel
Champ & Associates

Jean-Michel Corbeil 
Union Counsel
Goldblatt Partners

Samantha Lamb 
Union Counsel
Jewitt McLuckie

Dan Palayew
Employer Counsel
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Kecia Podetz
Employer Counsel
Emond Harnden

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

Andrew Tremayne
Labour Arbitrator, Mediator
and Independent Investigator

Special guestroom rates starting at $289 (standard, single/double plus taxes) have been arranged for registrants at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa. 

Please call the Global Reservation Centre at 1 800 441 1414 and ask for the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, for The 2019 Accommodation Law Conference Group Rate (the file reference code is “CLMD2019”).   Reserve early as availability is limited.  

The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a unionized hotel.

Due to ongoing parkade construction at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, parking will be available to registered hotel guests ONLY.  Attendees who are not registered hotel guests can avail themselves of these off-site parking options near the hotel:


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 June 12 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 11.5 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).  Please reply to this email to receive written confirmation of your attendance.  

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