Accommodation Update (Winnipeg)

Your Presenters

Todd Andres
Employer Counsel
Pitblado Law
Cynthia Lazar
Employer Counsel
Taylor McCaffrey
Dayna Steinfeld
Union Counsel
Fred Thiessen
Union Counsel
Gange Collins


Accommodation Update

A One-day Seminar on New Developments in the Duty to Accommodate for Union and Employer Representatives

May 31, 2023
RBC Convention Centre

Attend Accommodation Update and stay on top of the latest legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and their impact on unionized workplaces in Canada.


Registration: 8:00 AM
Seminar 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Lunch break 12:00 – 1:15 PM

MORNING SESSION (8:30 to 12:00)
Cindy Lazar and Fred Thiessen

The Year's Top Accommodation Cases

A review of important new accommodation cases from across Canada that offer valuable takeaways for unions and employers handling accommodation cases

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 to 4:30)
Todd Andres and Dayna Steinfeld

Update on Accommodating Family Status

New cases on the test for family status, reasonable vs. perfect accommodation, need vs. preference and the impact of cost and safety.

Update on Accommodating Mental Disabilities

New cases on terminations related to mental disabilities, requests for mental health information and return-to-work protocols following a mental health leave.

Update on Accommodating Substance Addiction 

New cases on approaches to substance-related misconduct, evidence required to establish a connection, the impact of safety and the limits on accommodating substance dependency.

Update on Accommodation Remedies

New cases on remedies for the failure to accommodate including monetary damages, reinstatement with conditions, human rights training, public apologies and remedies for breaching the procedural duty to accommodate.


Todd Andres– Employer Counsel, Pitblado Law, Winnipeg
Cynthia Lazar – Employer Counsel, Taylor McCaffrey, Winnipeg
Dayna Steinfeld – Union Counsel, RavenLaw, Winnipeg
Fred Thiessen – Union Counsel, Gange Collins, Winnipeg


Individual: $595 (plus $29.75 GST = $624.75) 
Group (3+ each): $575 (plus $28.75 GST = $603.75) 
Super Group (7+ each): $545 (plus $27.25 GST = $572.25) 
Mega Group (20+ each): $495 (plus $24.75 = $519.75)

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.

Registration for this seminar includes the one-day seminar, the seminar binder in PDF format, continental breakfast and refreshments. Other meals are not included.

CANCELLATIONS must be in writing and received by May 24 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after May 24 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.