The 2014 Accommodation Law Conference (Winnipeg)

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

Fairmont Hotel
May 7 & 8, 2014

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: This conference offers Manitoba lawyers a total of 10.75 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

MORNING SESSION - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
David Lewis and Grant Mitchell

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

AFTERNOON SESSION - 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Shandra Czarnecki and Bill Sumerlus

Medical Privacy: What's New
New cases shed light on an employer's entitlement to confidential employee medical information to establish a disability or medical restrictions.  

Accommodating Mental Disabilities: Still a Challenge!
Recent cases highlight the difficulties associated with accommodating employees with depression, anxiety, stress and other mental disorders.

Accommodating Off-site Work  
When the duty to accommodate extends beyond the traditional workplace to telework, the commute to work and alternative work sites.

I Have a Porn Addiction: Accommodate Me
The consequences of viewing pornography at work is the subject of several recent arbitration awards -- with some surprising results.   


MORNING SESSION - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tracey Epp and Keith LaBossiere

Accommodating Family Status: Going Where No Accommodation Has Gone Before
Accommodating elder care, child-custody and daycare arrangements are some of the groundbreaking issues covered in recent cases.

Attendance Management Programs: When They Can be Challenged
When attendance management programs can trigger human rights issues and invite a legal challenge by the union. 

Competing Medical Opinions: Making Your Medical Expert Count
Factors considered by arbitrators when choosing between competing medical experts -- with practical takeaways for employers and unions.

Top Accommodation Goofs to Avoid
Common missteps by employers and unions when handling accommodation claims and how to avoid them.

AFTERNOON SESSION - 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Blair Graham (Chair), David Simpson and Mark Toews

Accommodation Q&A
A labour arbitrator, union counsel and management counsel answer your questions on the duty to accommodate.


Shandra Czarnecki
Employer Counsel
Aikins MacAulay & Thorvaldson

Tracey Epp
Employer Counsel

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

Keith LaBossiere
Labour Law Counsel
Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

David Lewis
Union Counsel
Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union

Grant Mitchell, Q.C.
Employer Counsel
Taylor McCaffrey LLP

David Simpson
Employer Counsel
Fillmore Riley

Bill Sumerlus
Regional Director
Canadian Union of Public Employees

Mark Toews
Union Counsel
Deeley Fabbri Sellen Law Corporation

Hotel accommodations
A special guestroom rate of $169 (standard, single/double plus taxes) has been arranged for registrants at the Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Place, located at Portage & Main in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.

Phone hotel reservation directly at (204) 957-1350 and ask for the group rate for "The Accommodation Law Conference." Reserve early as availability is limited.

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, registrants must be from the same organization, or union local, and register together.

Cancellations must be in writing and received by April 30, 2014 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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