Expanded my knowledge of duty to accommodate, and identified the significant factors at play in each instance.  
- HR Advisor
Canada Revenue Agency
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17th Annual Event!

Managing Your Duty to Accommodate

Mitigating the Increasing Expense to Organizations for Failing to Accommodate Employees

March 27 - 28, 2018  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Featuring These Industry Experts

Glenn French, President, Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence

Glenn French is routinely retained to provide policy and procedural audits; conduct organizational risk assessments; expert testimony as required, as well as, working with security personnel to better understand both the nature and extent of known threats. Mr. French's work has been showcased on the CPC (The National), CITY TV, CTV, Global Television, in The National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and multiple print dailies across Canada.

Vicki Kristman, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University

Vicki Kristman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University, an Associate Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, and also holds an appointment in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Kristman earned a master's at Queen’s University and a PhD in public health at the University of Toronto. She held a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in work disability prevention and epidemiology at the Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network. Her research interests include understanding the influence of workplace factors on work disability, specifically the influence of supervisors and workplace accommodation. She focuses mainly on musculoskeletal and brain injuries. She takes an epidemiological approach, specializing in cohort studies, randomized trials and systematic reviews of observational studies.

Kevin MacNeill, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Being a seasoned litigator, Mr. MacNeill brings employers added value in the context of proactive strategic advice and collective bargaining. He has negotiated collective agreements, and advised in sale of business, workforce restructuring and reduction of force situations. He also has extensive experience in the areas of human rights, accommodation, workers compensation and disability management. He is the author of The Duty to Accommodate in Employment, the leading text on the subject, published by Thomson Reuters, which has been cited in several arbitration and court decisions across Canada.

Samantha McIntosh, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant/Vocational Evaluator, TRAC Group

Samantha McIntosh is experienced in the field of vocational rehabilitation including considerable experience providing vocational rehabilitation services within the Auto Insurance, Short/Long-Term Disability Insurance, Work Safe Insurance Board (WSIB) Ontario sector, and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). She possesses nine years of expertise in the conduct and interpretation of vocational evaluations and assessments; as well as in the implementation of vocational rehabilitation recommendations and accommodations. Samantha is also experienced in return-to-work coordination, case management, employer services and disability management services.

Kristi Reilly, Human Resources Advisor, Correctional Service Canada

Kristi Reilly works for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) where she is the HR Advisor responsible for the Duty to Accommodate (DTA) and National Attendance Management Programs for Ontario, as well as Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Kristi has been with CSC for seven years and in her current role since May 2012. She is a senior member of the DTA team and acts as a mentor to many to her colleagues. Prior to working with CSC, Kristi worked for the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board as a HR Officer responsible for Disability Management and Attendance Support. Kristi has a Masters of Industrial Relations and Honours BA in Political Science from Queen's University.

Andrew Reinholdt, Lawyer, Nelligan O'Brien Payne LLP

Andrew Reinholdt is an associate lawyer with Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, and a member of our Employment and Labour Law practice groups. Andrew received his J.D. from the University of Ottawa. During law school, Andrew was a member of the top ranking Canadian team in the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, and represented the University of Ottawa in the Labour Law Moot. He also won the Dean’s Award for academic performance and contributions to the law school community, and the SGM Prize for overall performance in Labour Law, Employment Law and Human Rights courses. Andrew was drawn to law because he had a keen interest in working with clients to help them through difficult times. He practises employment and labour law because of his desire to help people navigate their employment, which is one the most important parts of a person’s life. Andrew is passionate about advocacy and takes a collaborative approach to try and find creative solutions to his clients’ legal problems.

Caroline Richard, Partner, Bird Richard Lawyers

Caroline Richard has practiced with Bird Richard since her call to the Bar in September 2002. She provides legal representation and advice to employers in both official languages with respect to all labour and employment matters, including wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, collective bargaining, workers' compensation claims and workplace harassment investigations. Caroline has appeared before the Federal Courts, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and labour arbitrators in Ontario and Quebec. Caroline is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of Nunavut.

Sean Ross, Senior Director, Wellness Policies and Programs, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Mr. Sean Ross is responsible for supporting organizations with the implementation of the Federal Public Service Mental Health Strategy. Mr. Ross is also the co-chairperson of the Center of Expertise for Mental Health in the workplace. Prior to this, Mr. Ross was Director of Human Resources Policies at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). During his tenure with INAC, Mr. Ross was responsible for implementing various recruitment and retention strategies targeted to Indigenous peoples. In 2016, Mr. Ross received the Deputy Ministers' Recognition Award for Exceptional Employee Management.

Throughout his career, Mr. Ross has worked closely with senior representatives of labour on various issues in relation to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for public service employees. Mr. Ross was previously Director of Outreach and Employment Equity with the Public Service Commission and worked closely with partners on reducing the barriers faced by the employment equity groups in accessing positions with the Federal Public Service. He has chaired a variety of interdepartmental committees over the span of his career and he is currently the Chair of the Foreign Service Directive Committee at the National Joint Council (NJC) of the public service.

Denis St-Jean, National Health and Safety Officer, Public Service Alliance of Canada

Denis St-Jean coordinates the PSAC national health and safety programs while advising the PSAC on many issues pertaining to health, safety and workers' compensation. He sits on many tripartite consultative committees including the working group that drafted the Violence Prevention Regulations. He also represents the PSAC on numerous Joint Employer/Union Committees including the National Joint Council Service-Wide Occupational Health and Safety Committee. He represents labour on various technical committees drafting national standards including the CSA National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety. He was a driving force behind the establishment of the Joint Task Force on Mental Health. He is the Co-chair of the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace.

Brittany Taylor, Associate, Rudner Law

Since being called to the Ontario Bar in 2013, Brittany Taylors practice has been dedicated to assisting both employers and employees to manage their workplaces. With approach to workplace issues is one that is pro-active and preventative. She discovered her interest in law when hired as a legal assistant for an in-house corporate law department following graduation. After a few years in the work force, Taylor returned to Western to obtain a Juris Doctor, with distinction in 2012. Spending her first few years of practice at a leading Toronto law firm working on a broad range of practice areas before becoming focused in the area of employment law.

Martin Thompson, Partner, McMillan LLP

Martin Thompson advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of provincial and federal employment legislation. He advises and represents management on various labour relations matters, including drafting employment agreements, policies and compensation, workplace harassment and discrimination, employee discipline, wrongful dismissal litigation, employee termination and severance packages, workplace health and safety, human rights and grievance arbitrations.

Julia Williams, Lawyer, Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP

Julia Williams completed her articles with Raven Law, before serving as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Catherine Kane at the Federal Court. She currently practices in the areas of labour and employment law, human rights, and administrative law. Prior to law school, Julia worked as a human rights officer for a national civil liberties group advocating on behalf of Canadian Muslims. Julia continued to pursue her interests in social justice and human rights while in law school through her work at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic and South Ottawa Community Legal Services. Julia has represented low-income clients on Ontario Disability Support Program support appeals before the Social Benefits Tribunal, and argued compensation claims for victims of violence before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

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Recent legal decisions have expanded the scope of what you're required to accommodate in the workplace. Claims for issues like family status and stress have become more frequent and understanding when you're required to make an accommodation has become much more challenging. The increased variety of accommodation issues has made keeping up with case law developments and understanding your accommodation obligations more difficult and more time-consuming.

INFONEX's 17th annual Managing Your Duty to Accommodate has been designed to update you on all of the recent case law that impacts your organization and give you the skills and strategies you need to make these accommodations effectively. Our faculty of leading experts will ensure that you walk away from the course with a clear understanding of what you're required to accommodate, and what you're not required to accommodate.

Review the latest case law for issues like family status, mental health, stress, and aging. Get practical advice on how to spot mental health and stress issues in your staff and how to make effective accommodations. Hear active case management strategies that will help you make accommodations efficiently and get employees back to work quickly. Get strategies for facilitating productive communication with your employees' doctors. Improve your skills for having difficult conversations with your employees. Learn strategies for how to explain accommodation requirements to managers.

It has become increasingly difficult to understand when you need to make accommodations and how to manage them. Join us in Ottawa to get caught up on case law developments and learn skills and strategies for accommodating your employees effectively. Register today!

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