The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference (Saskatoon)

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The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference (Saskatoon)

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

Saskatoon
TCU Place
May 5 & 6, 2020


Attend this state-of-the-law conference and catch up on the year's top legal developments in the duty to accommodate and their impact on unions and unionized employers.


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

CPHR: An application for CPHR accreditation has been made to the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Saskatchewan (CPHR Saskatchewan).


TUESDAY, MAY 5

Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION (8:30 – 12:00)
Gary Bainbridge and Kevin Wilson

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

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 – 4:30)
Marcus Davies and Jana Linner

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
How arbitrators, tribunals and the courts continue to award significant damage awards and other remedies in accommodation cases.

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
New cases on the challenges of accommodating employees with drug and alcohol addictions.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

MORNING SESSION (8:30 – 12:00)
Susan Barber and Crystal Norbeck

Handling Medical Information in Accommodation Cases: A Checklist for Unions and Employers
Steps for employers and unions to follow when medical information is required in support of an employee's accommodation claim, from the first day of absence to a full return to work.

When Seniority Rights Collide with the Duty to Accommodate
How to strike a balance between the rights of an accommodated employee and the seniority rights of co-workers in the context of vacancies, bumping, layoff, and displacement of incumbents.

Accommodating Religion: New Cases and New Insights for Unions and Employers
New cases shed light on the duty to accommodate an employee's religion, including accommodating requests for alternative dress, shift changes, breaks and holidays.

Pay and Benefit Entitlements for Accommodated Employees
Calculation of pay, service and seniority-related benefits for employees during temporary and permanent accommodations. 

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 – 3:00)
Arbitrators: Beth Bilson, Sheila Denysiuk and TBA

Counsel: Robert Frost-Hinz, Heather Robertson and Keir Vallance

Accommodation Allowed...or Denied? 
Labour arbitrators offer instant rulings on accommodation grievances presented by union and management counsel.  


PRESENTERS

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

Susan Barber, Q.C. 
Employer Counsel
McDougall Gauley LLP
Regina

Beth Bilson, Q.C. 
Labour Arbitrator and Mediator
Saskatoon

Marcus Davies
Barrister, Solicitor and Mediator
Saskatoon

Sheila Denysiuk, Q.C.
Arbitrator and Mediator
Hnatyshyn Gough
Saskatoon

Robert Frost-Hinz 
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP
Saskatoon

Jana Linner 
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP
Regina

Crystal Norbeck
Union Counsel
Gerrand Rath Johnson
Regina

Heather Robertson
Union Counsel
Gerrand Rath Johnson
Regina

Keir Vallance
Union Counsel
Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham
Saskatoon

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


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The seminar location is TCU Place, 35-22nd Street East in Saskatoon. TCU Place is a unionized facility.

**Special guestroom rates will be arranged for conference attendees at a nearby hotel. Hotel information TBA.


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 April 28 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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