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

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The 2020 Accommodation Law Conference (Vancouver)

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

Venue TBA
June 9 & 10, 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 stay on top of the latest legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and their impact on unionized workplaces in Canada.

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

CPHR: A request is pending for this conference to be accredited by CPHR BC & Yukon. 


Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION (8:30 – 12:00)

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


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)

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: Koml Kandola, John McConchie, Gabe Somjen

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


Lynsey Gaudin
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP

Koml Kandola
Labour Arbitrator & Mediator
Kandola Arbitration Services Ltd. 

Lindsay Lyster, Q.C.
Union Counsel 
Moore Edgar Lyster

John McConchie
Labour Arbitrator and Mediator
McConchie & Company

Donovan Plomp
Employer Counsel
McCarthy Tétrault

Thomas Roper, Q.C. 
Employer Counsel
Roper Greyell

Gabriel Somjen, Q.C.
Labour Arbitrator & Mediator

And more TBA


**Special guestroom rates will be arranged for conference attendees. Hotel information TBA.


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 2 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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