The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference ** BEING CONVERTED TO WEBINAR SERIES** (Winnipeg)

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Register toll-free 1-800-665-4411

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

** 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.

CPHR: This conference has been approved for 12 CPHR Continuing Professional Development Hours by CPHR Manitoba.


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 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
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)
Tracey Epp and Keith LaBossiere

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.

Guest arbitrators: Blair Graham, Helen Krahn 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 and Mediator
Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Helen Krahn
Labour Arbitrator and Mediator

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 has been approved for 12 CPHR Continuing Professional Development Hours by CPHR Manitoba.

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

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