The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference **TOPICS TO BE OFFERED AS WEBINARS** (Edmonton)

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The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference (Edmonton)

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

Westin Edmonton
May 13 & 14, 2020

** COVID-19 UPDATE: In response to COVID-19, this conference will not be proceeding in the interests of public safety. Instead, we will be offering our customers a series of webinars based on topics covered in this conference that you will be able to enjoy online, in the safety and comfort of your home or office. Stay tuned for more updates on this site **

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: This conference offers Alberta lawyers a total of 11.25 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 


Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION (8:30 – 12:00)
Kristan McLeod and Joyce Mitchell

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

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
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.


MORNING SESSION (8:30 – 12:00)
Damon Bailey and Karen Scott

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.

Arbitrator: Rob Garden, QC
Counsel: Kara O'Halloran and Management Counsel

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


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

Rob Garden, Q.C.
Labour Arbitrator and Mediator

Kristan McLeod
Union Counsel
Chivers Carpenter

Joyce Mitchell
Employer Counsel
McLennan Ross LLP

Kara O'Halloran
Union Counsel
Chivers Carpenter

Dan Scott
Union Counsel
Seveny Scott

Karen Scott
Union Counsel
Seveny Scott

Jean Torrens
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP


A special guestroom rate of $209 (standard, single/double plus taxes) has been arranged for registrants at the Westin Edmonton, 10135-100 Street in downtown Edmonton.

Phone hotel reservation directly at (780) 426-3636 and ask for the group rate for the "2020 Accommodation Law Conference." Reserve early as availability is limited.



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 6 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 offers Alberta lawyers a total of 11.25 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

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