Expanded my knowledge of duty to accommodate, and identified the significant factors at play in each instance.  
- HR Advisor
Canada Revenue Agency
14th Annual Event!

Managing Your Duty to Accommodate

Mitigating the Increasing Expense to Organizations for Failing to Accommodate Employees

August 21 - 22, 2018  ·  Calgary, Alberta
Featuring These Industry Experts

Sebastien Anderson, Barrister and Solicitor, Labour Rights Law Office, S. Anderson Prof. Law Corp.

Sebastien is called to the bar in both British Columbia ('02) and Alberta ('04). He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta, prior to which he studied labour relations at Athabasca University and the Labour College of Canada. Sebastien is the principal of the "Labour Rights Law Office"– a virtual law firm–practising law primarily in the fields of labour, employment, human rights and administrative law in addition to civil litigation. Sebastien has an active police practice in a broad range of employment issues representing RCMP Members across Canada, in addition to providing legal advice and representation to unionized local and regional police officers in both Alberta and BC.

Ron Beach, Team Lead, Addiction Prevention Team, Alberta Health Services

Ron Beach, BSc, RPN , is the Team Lead with Alberta Health Services Provincial Addiction Prevention Unit. With 28 years of experience he leads the coordination of provincial strategies and initiatives that contribute to the delivery of evidence-based, integrated addiction and mental health prevention services.

Ermalinda Faria, Director, Disability Management Services, Lifemark

Ermelinda Faria is located out the Lifemark Toronto office and manages the national disability team. Her background includes expertise in short and long-term disability and accommodations, integrated employee wellness initiatives, and cost containment strategies for employers. Ermelinda brings more than 20 years of group benefits experience ranging from short and long term disability, WSIB, return to work planning, EAP and wellness programs. She has worked with various organizations of all sizes and in many industries in both the public and non-public sector across Canada creating policies and implementing disability and wellness programs.

Simon Gillingham, Senior Labour Relations Officer, Labour Relations and Total Compensation Division, City of Winnipeg

Simon has a wealth of experience on Human Rights, Respectful Workplace, Labour Relations and Mediation. Simon is employed with the City of Winnipeg and is responsible for investigating all Respectful Workplace Complaints, Human Rights Complaints and managing a Labour Relations portfolio.

Wendy Giuffre, Principal Consultant, Wendy Ellen Inc.

Wendy Giuffre is a Human Resource Professional with 25 years generalist experience. She has practiced in all aspects of HR with a vast breadth of experience starting from solid training at a major oil company to consulting work with many small to mid-size businesses crossing various industry sectors. She has practical hands-on experience clients can benefit from. Wendy's career includes 16 years working for a major Oil and Gas company and consulting as an independent in all areas of HR and group benefits for 9 years. She consults predominantly to companies of sizes from two to 250 employees. Business sectors vary – O&G, High Tech, Non-profit, Mechanical, Engineering, Small Enterprise, Insurance, Retail, Plumbing, Environmental, Hospitality, and others.

Jennifer Henker, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Alta Rehab

A Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Diploma in Business Administration complements the employment experience that Jennifer obtained working as a student with a national rehabilitation company and major insurer, and as a Rehabilitation Consultant contracting services to an independent consulting firm. Jennifer is a long standing Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), and is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP). Jennifer is highly skilled in providing disability case management services that involve coordinating and implementing cost-effective rehabilitation plans with a return to work focus. Continuing her education in the field of conflict resolution, she has become an expert in collaborating with all interested parties including physicians and other treatment providers, specialists, employers, labour unions, and insurance companies Canada wide, resulting in successful vocational rehabilitation outcomes.

Gordana Ivanovic, Associate, McMillan LLP

Gordana is a member of the firm's Advocacy and Employment Group practicing in the area of Litigation. Prior to joining McMillan, Gordana spent many years practicing litigation in a civil litigation boutique firm where she gained extensive knowledge and experience litigating in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, Contracts, Employment and Labour Disputes, Natural Resources, Leasing and Real Estate, and Insurance. Gordana is passionate about listening to her client's needs and using the Law to achieve the best result for her client. Gordana has prepared documents for all levels of Court in Alberta and appears regularly at the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. Gordana is routinely involved in all aspects of the litigation process, including alternate dispute resolutions and has appeared as both co-counsel as well as lead counsel in various trials.

Kelly Nicholson, Partner, Privacy Officer, Field Law

Kelly Nicholson is the firm's Privacy Officer and Chair of the Calgary Labour & Employment Group. He advises private and public-sector clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employee recruitment, discipline and termination, wrongful dismissal claims, privacy matters, human rights complaints, disability and insurance issues, interpretation and enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, contract negotiation, policy development, benefit and incentive plan management, executive compensation, collective agreement interpretation and arbitration, and alcohol and drug testing. Kelly also regularly advises police services and other law-enforcement agencies throughout the province on various matters including policy development and implementation, public complaints, internal investigations, police discipline and termination, collective agreement negotiation, and grievance arbitrations.

Michelle Phaneuf, Workplace Fairness West

Michelle Phaneuf, PEng, is a Chartered Mediator and trained Ombudsman who utilizes interest based tools to bring awareness and empathy to manage conflict situations in a non-confrontational manner. With over 20 years of past and varied experience as a Professional Engineer, energy management consultant, business owner, facilitator and property owner/manager, she has been successful in resolving a wide range of conflicts.

Michelle is the Alberta Co-Director of Workplace Fairness and has extensive experience with Employee Assistance Providers (EAP's) and public and private organizations providing conflict management and conflict resolution services. Michelle's experience includes facilitating teams to define new team norms and working plans, and coaching individuals to provide insight and awareness into their conflict situation. Michelle believes that values-based collaborative dialogue in the workplace leads to increased employee engagement and productivity.

Rachel Ries, Associate, McCarthy Tétrault

Rachel Ries is an associate in McCarthy Tétrault's Labour and Employment Group in Calgary. She assists employers with a variety of labour and employment issues, including wrongful dismissals, human rights, labour arbitrations, employment standards and workplace policies. Rachel received her JD from the University of Calgary in 2013. She was called to the Alberta bar in 2014. Rachel is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association.

Dr. Perry Sirota, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Dr. Perry Sirota is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, with degrees from McGill University and Queen's University. Recently he completed his Masters in Business Administration at the Calgary campus of the University of Phoenix. He divides his time about equally between providing psychotherapy for a range of issues. Dr. Sirota has advanced training and practice in the areas of workplace bullying, workplace substance use, risk management, risk assessment and prediction, criminal profiling, threat assessment, violence and aggression intervention, and workplace violence.

Dr. Sirota has advanced training and practice in the areas of workplace bullying, workplace substance use, risk management, risk assessment and prediction, criminal profiling, threat assessment, violence and aggression intervention, and workplace violence. He helps organizations develop internal screening methods, workplace violence and drug policies, bullying and harassment policies and protocols, and how to manage internal crisis situations. He prepares psychological evaluations for all court jurisdictions, and has testified over 350 times as an expert witness in the Court of Queen's Bench, Provincial Court, Family and Youth Court, Labour Arbitrations, and administrative tribunals. Dr. Sirota travels broadly responding to workplace threats, incidents of violence, and other workplace and organizational crises.




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 14th 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 Calgary to get caught up on case law developments and learn skills and strategies for accommodating your employees effectively. Register today!

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