18th Annual Event!
Managing Your Duty to Accommodate
Mitigating the Increasing Expense to Organizations for Failing to Accommodate Employees
March 26 - 27, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Last Year's Day One Program Agenda: (2018)
7:30 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Kristi Reilly, Human Resources Advisor, Correctional Service Canada (CSC)
8:40 - 9:40
Lessons from a Duty-to-Accommodate Implementation Plan
Kristi Reilly, Human Resources Advisor, Correctional Service Canada
- Brief introduction of Correctional Service Canada (CSC)
- Foundational information on the duty to accommodate
- CSC's duty-to-accommodate (DTA) program
- Resources, tools, and best practices of CSC's DTA program
9:40 - 10:40
Anticipating Addiction: Discipline from a Recent Case Analysis
Kevin MacNeill, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
- Understanding SCC upholding self-reporting drug policy of employer
- Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corporation: case analysis
- Practicing good policy to support organizational needs
- Fostering a workplace culture of compliance, not intrusive rules
10:40 - 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30
Family Status Accommodation and Work-Life Balance: How Far Does the Scale Tip in Favour of Family Responsibilities?
Caroline Richard, Partner, Bird Richard
- Aftermath of Johnstone: what is the legal test?
- Accommodation process:
- Is the employee required to self-accommodate?
- What information can an employer require the employee to disclose?
- Establishment of an accommodation plan:
- What should be included?
- How often should be it reviewed and revised?
- The costs of getting it wrong: damages for breach of the duty to accommodate family status
12:30 - 1:30 Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:30
Return to Work and the Job Accommodation Scale: Practical Research on Accommodation in the Workplace
Vicki Kristman, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University
- How stakeholders can identify or develop accommodations for workers trying to return to the labour force
- How workplaces and employers can support the use of workplace accommodations
- Measuring and demonstrating the health and economic impacts of workplace accommodation for all stakeholders
- Providing supervisors with tools to improve their response and ability to accommodate musculoskeletal and other workplace injuries may improve worker health and disability outcomes
2:30 - 2:45 Networking Break
2:45 - 3:45
Workplace Harassment and Its Intersection with Accommodation
Julia Williams, Associate, Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP
- Incorporating bullying and personal harassment into existing policies
- Implementing investigation protocols and complaint procedures
- Establishing duties of managers, human resources, and employees
- Addressing the root causes and organizational triggers of workplace aggression
- Fostering an environment of respect and setting standards of behaviour
3:45 - 5:00
Recommended Practices in Mental Health Accommodations
Sean Ross, Senior Director, Wellness Policies and Programs, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Denis St-Jean, National Health and Safety Officer, Public Service Alliance of Canada
- Provide an update on the recent work of the Joint Task Force on Mental Health
- Explore the recommendations in the Joint Task Force's latest report: "Building Success"
- Overview of tools and supports available to employees, managers, and organizations via the Center of Expertise for Mental Health in the Workplace
- Q A period: Get guidance on implementing a psychological health and safety management system in your workplace
5:00 End of Day One