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Legal Symposium: A Mid-Year Review (Live Online)

Date: July 8, 2021
Location: Online

Registration for this online event has now closed.
Our legal symposiums are well known for its engaging subject matter, outstanding lawyers, timely employment legislation advice, and around the table perspectives in panel discussions. This mid- year review will draw upon leading experts to examine the key challenges of our legal and regulatory environment in today's world from legislation changes, to advice on preparing for a post pandemic world.
Agenda includes:
• 3 Keynote sessions
• 1 Panel discussion
• Up to 3.5 CPD hours

Speaker highlights | VIEW FULL AGENDA DETAILS

• Sheh Shojaee, CPHR, Director of Operations & Strategic HR, CPHR BC & Yukon
• Mark Sward, Vice President and Global Head of Privacy, Sterling Backcheck
• Aliya Virani, Lawyer, Samfiru Tumarkin LLP
• Jim Wu, Lawyer, Forte Law Corporation

Format: Live Online - Zoom Webinar
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Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm - Pacific Time (PT) - Vancouver

Registration Fees
Student Member

$29.99 + GST


$49.99 + GST


$69.99 + GST

CPD hours
Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice. Both registration and payment are required for every person attending this webinar. Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.
All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714
A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by e-mail (pd@cphrbc.ca).
Please note that this policy does not apply to conferences, exams or no-charge registrations. CPHR exam fees are non-refundable if registration is canceled after the registration deadline. Please note our deferral policy.

Keynote Session #1
Time: 9:05 - 10:05am
Topic: Returning to Work after COVID-19: Legal Issues and Solutions
Presenter: Aliya Virani

The Canadian federal and provincial governments have taken significant legislative action as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These legal changes have required companies to adapt new ways of working and managing the issues that result. As restrictions lift, employer obligations surrounding health and safety, remote working, and vaccinations will be of particular concern.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Employer legal obligations related to pandemic issues in the workplace, such as returning employees to the office, the future of working from home, and vaccinations
  • Post pandemic changes to Employment Legislation
  • How to create a return-to-work plan that addresses COVID-19 issues and avoids liability
About the presenter:
Aliya Virani Aliya S. Virani is a Vancouver employment lawyer and Associate with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP’s Labour and Employment Law practice group in British Columbia. Aliya resolves issues related to the employment relationship. She acts as counsel in wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights proceedings, and labour code complaints. Aliya completed her law degree at Western University. While at Western, she was the co-President of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute. Aliya is passionate about advocacy, and has volunteered for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and contributed legal research and writing for publications by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, an NGO lobbying on behalf of international human rights concerns. She currently volunteers as Duty Counsel for Amici Curiae at the Law Courts Centre assisting self-represented litigants. Before attending law school, Aliya obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. Aliya is a member of the Law Society of B.C. and the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch.

Keynote Session #2
Time: 10:10 - 10:40am
Topic: Inclusive Criminal Record Checks: Strategies to Avoid Discrimination
Presenter: Mark Sward

Criminal record checks are a key part of employment screening, and in regulated industries may be mandatory. However, BC and Yukon human rights laws prohibit discrimination based on unrelated criminal records, and disparities in the criminal justice system may lead to unfair outcomes for communities that are disproportionately subject to criminal prosecution and conviction. Join Mark Sward, the Head of Privacy with Sterling Backcheck, Canada’s largest and leading background screening provider, to discuss real-life strategies for addressing these challenges.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • What a criminal record really means, and what factors may contribute to someone receiving a record
  • How BC and Yukon’s human rights laws handle criminal records in employment
  • Legally mandated steps for assessing criminal records in hiring decisions
  • Reasons criminal record checks are a necessary part of the screening process
  • Factors to consider in developing a fair screening program that does not unfairly exclude marginalized communities
About the presenter:
Mark SwardMark Sward is Sterling Backcheck’s Vice President and Global Head of Privacy. With nearly twelve years of industry experience, he leads Sterling’s global privacy team, which oversees Sterling’s privacy program, supports internal data protection compliance initiatives around the world, provides information and best practice guidance to Sterling’s clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University and a certificate in law from the Université de Montréal, and is designated as a CIPP/C, CIPP/E and CIPP/M by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Mark is based in Victoria, BC.

Keynote Session #3
Time: 10:45 - 11:45am
Topic: 5 Covid-19 Era Employment Law Cases Every HR Professional Needs to Know
Presenter: Jim Wu

2021 has been a busy year for the courts especially in the area of employment law. We have chosen 5 wrongful dismissals cases from the British Columbia Supreme Court covering a range of legal topics that boggle the mind of every HR professional, including:

 a. Distinguishing between quitting and firing;
 b. How to calculate severance;
 c. Covid-19’s impact on amount of severance and the duty to mitigate;
 d. Deductibility of social benefits including EI and CERB; and
 e. What steps HR can do help minimize liability

In this presentation, you will learn:

 1. The major trends in employment law during the covid-19 era
 2. Identifying potential liability
 3. What steps to take to reduce liability
About the presenter:
Jim WuJim Wu is an employment lawyer with Forte Law Employment Law Solutions. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jim was an Employment Insurance adjudicator where he adjudicated roughly 10,000 decisions during his tenure there. Jim has had hearings and trials before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Canada as well as multiple administrative tribunals. Outside of work, Jim trains his long haired German, Hachiko, the sport of sheep herding.

Session #4
Time: 11:50am - 12:25pm
Topic: You Ask, We Answer: Panel Discussion
Panelists: Mark Sward, Aliya Virani and Jim Wu
Moderator: Sheh Shojaee, CPHR