The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference (Winnipeg)

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In Winnipeg 204-956-0800

The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference (Winnipeg)

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

Victoria Inn
June 16 & 17, 2020

Lots of free parking

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.

CPHR: A request is pending for this conference to be accredited by CPHR Manitoba.

LAWYERS: This conference offers Manitoba 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)
Cindy Lazar and Fred Thiessen

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

Shandra Czarnecki and Bill Sumerlus

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 where 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)
Tracey Epp and Keith LaBossiere

Topics TBA

Guest arbitrators: Blair Graham and Grant Mitchell
Counsel: TBA

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


Shandra Czarnecki
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP

Tracey Epp
Employer Counsel
Pitblado Law

A. Blair Graham, Q.C. 
Labour Arbitrator
Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Keith LaBossiere
Labour Law Counsel
Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Cynthia Lazar
Employer Counsel
Taylor McCaffrey LLP

Grant Mitchell, Q.C. 
Labour Arbitrator and Mediator

William Sumerlus
Union Counsel 

Fred Thiessen
Union Counsel
Tapper Cuddy LLP


**Special guestroom rates (TBA) will be arranged for conference attendees at Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg, located on the airport strip.

The Victoria Inn 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 June 9 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 Manitoba lawyers a total of 11.25 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

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