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- Chief of Active Risk Surveillance, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CANADA
19th Annual Event!

Managing Your Duty to Accommodate

Finding true balance between inclusivity and undue hardship

March 24 - 25, 2020  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda - 2019 Conference
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Meg Steele, Senior Legal Counsel, City of Ottawa
8:40 - 9:40
Cannabis in the Workplace after Legalisation
Martin Thompson, Partner, McMillan LLP
  • History and impact of cannabis use in the Canadian workplace
  • How cannabis use affects employee performance
  • How to manage claims of medical cannabis use
  • Edibles and how they differ
  • How to manage concerns regarding safety
  • When does habitual use become an ‘addiction’
  • Balancing an employee’s right to use with workplace safety
  • How does cannabis use differ from other substances in the workplace?
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Accommodating Gender Identity and Expression
Brittany Taylor, Associate Lawyer, Rudner Law
  • Understanding the role of gender identity in the workplace
  • The gender spectrum
  • How to collaborate with employees requiring accommodation
  • The key elements to consider when accommodating transgender employees
  • The inclusion of gender identity into your code of conduct
  • How to acclimatise your workforce respectfully
11:00 - 12:00
Pivotal Cases in Human Rights and Employment Law
Richa Sandill, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Precedent setting cases from the last year
  • Landmark cases and their impact
  • Current trends
  • Which industrial sectors are most vulnerable to Human Rights challenges
  • Lessons learned from the errors and omissions of others
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Understanding Mental Health Accommodation in the Workplace
Denis Pogrebinski, Labour Relations Expert, Parliamentary Protective Service
  • Recognizing warning signs that an employee may need support
  • Best practices for inquiring
  • Finding public aid for your in-need employee
  • Short-term (acute) vs. long-term (chronic)
  • Accommodating learning disabilities
  • Managing individuals with personality disorders
  • Undue hardship in the face of mental health
  • Mental health accommodation successes
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Employee Non-Compliance: How to Ensure an Employee’s Participation in their own Accommodation
Stuart Wright, Health and Safety Manager, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Mistakes employees make in not inquiring
  • Understanding how the duty to inquire effects the role of undue hardship
  • Importance of keeping records concerning employee inquiries
  • How to identify potential discriminatory problem areas via employee inquiries
  • Instilling change on behalf of employees to avoid litigation
  • Two-way streets and effective communication
3:30 - 4:30
Managing Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Fiona Campbell, Partner, Goldblatt Partners
  • Does mandatory retirement still exist in Canada?
  • What is ageism and age discrimination?
  • Workplace policies/practises – when are they discriminatory because of age?
  • Intersectionality of age discrimination with other grounds such as disability
  • Pension and Benefit issues – recent case law
  • Damages/Remedies in age discrimination cases
4:30        End of Day One



In attempting to accommodate your in-need employees, the line between due diligence and undue hardship is often blurred. Whether this blurring stems from poor communication, a misunderstanding of your duties, or the mismanagement of important documentation, failing to properly accommodate can lead to unnecessary litigation, diminished employee engagement, and the erosion of your corporate reputation.

Professionals in the field, from both private and public sectors, will shed light on the shifting landscape of labour law. From the induction of Bill C-65, which re-writes how government officials handle workplace harassment, to the issues rising out of cannabis legalisation, this in-depth educative event will focus on real cases offering you proven strategies that ensure workplace equity and the overall maintenance of employer-employee relations.

The blend of civil servants and labour law professionals will guide you through the muddy waters of disability claims, return-to-work scheduling, substance misuse, workplace harassment, and family status issues to ensure your comfort in handling specific scenarios these experts face every day. The focus maintains a push for real cases in human rights and employment law ensuring the lessons learned are absolutely pertinent. These strategies offer up-to-date information, reflecting progressive ideals, helping you navigate your management style for the betterment of all stakeholders.

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!


Accreditation (CPD/CLE)

This event is eligible for Substantitive Hours towards continuing professional development credits. Upon request we will provide you with a certificate of attendence for professional development credits based on the sign-in/sign-out sheet at the registration desk onsite at the event - don't forget to sign in when you arrive for your course!

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