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Expanded my knowledge of duty to accommodate, and identified the significant factors at play in each instance.  
- HR Advisor
Canada Revenue Agency
 
 
15th Annual Event!

Managing Your Duty to Accommodate

Mitigating the Increasing Expense to Organizations for Failing to Accommodate Employees

August 20 - 21, 2019  ·  Calgary, Alberta
 
   
 
2019 Agenda - Day One
 
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
 
9:10 - 10:00
Medical Cannabis at Work: Mitigating Challenges Without Going Up in Smoke
Jennifer Koschinsky, Partner, Gowling WLG Canada
  • Understand the proposed Cannabis Act and its impacts on the workplace
  • Implement specific policies regarding cannabis use in the workplace
  • Common mistakes employers make in accommodating medical cannabis
  • Step-by-step guide for creating a policy for medical cannabis in the workplace
  • Gain a clear vision of what is considered an acceptable practice
 
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break
 
10:15 - 11:15
Sexual Harassment: Guidelines for Employers
Joseph Oppenheim, Partner, Carbert Waite LLP
  • Overview of the legal duties are of employers in prevention and addressing complaints
  • Practical tools to respond to incidents sexual harassment
  • Strategies and tactics to maintain confidentiality
 
11:15 - 12:15
Am I an Indigenous Ally?
Cindy Provost, Indigenous Strategic Engagement Officer, Calgary Police Service
  • The value of storytelling through an Indigenous lens
  • What is intergenerational trauma & social development impacts
  • Trauma-informed care and Indigenous healing practices
  • Lived experience and context by an Elder and Traditional Knowledge Keeper
 
12:15 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
 
1:15 - 2:15
D-Map: A Systematic Approach to Medical Accommodation
Kelly Thake, Disability Services Manager, ESS, Compass Group

 
2:15 - 3:15
Best Practices in Long-Term Disability Case Management
Rhonda Ozcan, Organizational Health Consultant, Great-West Life
  • Principles for managing absence strategically
  • Step-by-step guide for offering tools and resources to support both medical and non-medical barriers
  • Understand the benefits of accommodating employees including decreasing costs
  • Explore how supporting mental wellness can reduce absence
  • Hear the latest developments in employee health and wellness programs
 
3:15 - 3:30        Networking Break
 
3:30 - 4:30
A Collaborative Approach to Accommodating Family Status & Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • Understand the accommodation process
  • Learn what information is required and not required to disclose
  • Step-by-step guide to establishing an accommodation plan with the employee
  • Understand the costs of an inadequate accommodation plan including the breach to accommodate
  • Tips on how often it should be reviewed, revised and what should be included
 
4:30 - 4:45
Closing Remarks from the Chair
 
4:45        End of Day One
 

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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 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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