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Vancouver Island Legal Symposium (Victoria) - SOLD OUT

Date: October 11, 2019
Location: Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

Thank you sponsor:
This event is full.  Please email pd@cphrbc.ca to be added on the wait-list.  Thank you! 
Labour and Employment law is continuously changing and evolving.

Get a clear view with expert commentary that is practical and relevant to Human Resources professionals and business leaders. Our speakers will engage you with the most recent hot-topic legal issues, case law updates and developments, and future trends to watch for.
Time: Registration 8:00-8:30am; Presentation 8:30am-4:30pm

CPD Hours: 6.0 (Accredited by CPHR BC & Yukon and Law Society of BC)

Venue: Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA, 146 Kingston Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1V4   Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

8:00-8:30 am
8:30 - 8:45 am
Session 1
8:45 - 10:15 am
HR Competency
Emerging Case Law
Lawrence Robinson
Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

Session 2
10:30am - 12:00pm
HR Competency
How Can I help? Expert Tips and Best Practices in The Duty to Accommodate
Melanie Vipond, CPHR
Gall Legge Grant & Zwack LLP

Session 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm
HR Competency
Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace
Brandon Hillis
Roper Greyell LLP Employment + Labour Lawyers

Session 4
2:45 - 4:15 pm
HR Competency
Reaping the Tweetstorm; #Harassment and the Modern Workplace
Mark Bout and Cameron Wardell
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(September 13)

(October 4)

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Program Details

Topic: Emerging Case Law
Presenter: Lawrence Robinson
Session Time: 8:45 - 10:15 am

This session will provide a review of current case law in the area of employment law. Topics covered will include: who is an independent contractor; what does probationary period mean?; conduct that will amount to constructive dismissal; considerations for a proper investigation; conduct that will amount to just cause for termination; structuring incentive pay; treatment of employees on the purchase or sale of a business; enforceable express severance terms; effective release language to end disputes, and more! You will discuss these important considerations and the current state of the law. Bring your examples and questions for an informative discussion.

About the presenter:
Lawrence Robinson Lawrence Robinson is a member of the firm's Labour + Employment, Business Disputes, Cannabis and Local Government Practices.

He is the Past Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch and is a frequent author and lecturer, on matters pertaining to general litigation and more specific topics pertaining to local governments and employment disputes.

He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia and has represented clients before numerous administrative tribunals in the province. He is a member of the Alexander Holburn Subrogation Recovery team.

Topic: How Can I help? Expert Tips and Best Practices in The Duty to Accommodate
Presenter: Melanie Vipond
Session Time: 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Do you have an employee with a challenging physical or mental disability that impacts their ability to do their job? What about a childcare needs or choices that interfere with their work? Or, faith-related obligations? Or, is the employee in the process of transitioning? This training will be educational but hands-on, where participants will practice their analytical skills by role playing and reviewing key and recent cases in this area.

In this presentation, you will learn to:
  • Understand key legal principles and substantive vs. procedural obligations
  • Identify when "choice" becomes protected by human rights law
  • Assess and respond effectively to accommodation requests
  • Manage medical information
  • Determine appropriate accommodations
About the presenter:
Melanie Vipond Melanie Vipond is a lawyer in Vancouver that focuses her practice on labour and employment law, human rights, privacy and occupational health & safety law. She advises both private and public sector employers on issues relating to unionization, collective agreement negotiation, disability and harassment, workers compensation as well as general employment law issues, including wrongful dismissals and employment contract negotiation. She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the BC Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards, human rights tribunals, and other administrative tribunals.

Ms. Vipond is also an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of British Columbia (UBC) teaching workplace law. She completed her Masters of Law at Stanford University.

Topic: Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace
Presenter: Brandon Hillis
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

From "bathroom laws" in the United States to the right to a Brazilian Wax, gender identity and expression and what is required by the duty to accommodate the same, has become one of the most newsworthy stories in 2019. This presentation will provide background to these concepts, detail the protections and obligations provided for in human rights legislation, and address what all of this means for employers.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • What is meant by the terms Gender Identity and Expression
  • What protections exist in the workplace
  • What obligations employers have to transgender and LGBT + employees
  • How to ensure that obligations are being metHow to ensure that obligations are being met
About the presenter:
Brandon Hillis Brandon Hillis is a lawyer at Roper Greyell, one of Western Canada’s largest and most well-respected labour and employment law firms. He practices in all areas of workplace law, and works in a variety of different sectors, including the municipal, retail, forestry and mining sectors, for clients in B.C., Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He can be reached at 604-806-3879, or bhillis@propergreyell.com.

Topic: Reaping the Tweetstorm; #Harassment and the Modern Workplace
Presenter: Mark Bout and Cameron Wardell
Session Time: 2:45 - 4:15 pm

With the ever-expanding network of websites and social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, Linkedln, LiveJournal, MySpace, Delicious, Digg, Youtube, Instagram etc) our daily montage of comments, observations, celebrations, drunken debauchery, frustrations, relationship woes and what we ate for breakfast are now more public than ever before. But how does all this online publication translate into the world of workplace law, particularly where employees are doing the posting? Cam and Mark will address the workplace implications of social media use by employees in and out of the workplace. The discussion will include reference to social media (mis)conduct and cause for dismissal, and will canvass some of the privacy issues at stake. The presentation will also give practical advice to employers who use social media about the importance (and content) of workplace policies addressing those issues.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • To identify when social media use, both at and outside of work, may constitute just cause for discipline or dismissal
  • To identify and balance privacy interests of employees whom use social media at and outside of work
  • About practical tips concerning drafting enforceable workplace policies addressing both employee and employer use of social media
About the presenters:
Cameron Wardell Working out of the Vancouver office of Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, Cam provides representation in a wide range of employment-related disputes and litigation including wrongful dismissals, restrictive covenant disputes and the pursuit and defence of injunctive relief. Cam has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as various administrative tribunals and the Federal Court. Cam crafts effective strategies to resolve disputes efficiently, while always remaining prepared to adeptly present his client's case when matters require adjudication.

While focusing on litigation, Cam has assisted employers with a wide range of other matters, including the preparation of employment contracts and employment policies, collective bargaining and dispute resolution before labour, employment, human rights and other administrative tribunals. Cam is the current Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Employment Law Section, as well as the Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation (Vancouver) Section. Cam also tweets about the law and labour and employment from his Twitter account @CWardellesq.

Cam's legal education included a co-op term working in labour law, as well as a term studying at St. Peter's College in Oxford. After law school, Cam was a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Mark Bout Mark Bout offers a practical and proactive approach to managing the workplace. Mark practices in all areas of workplace law, advising and representing employers on issues involving discipline and discharge, wrongful dismissal actions, occupational health and safety, human rights, and workers compensation matters. Mark has represented clients before both the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia, and also regularly assists employers with a wide range of other matters, including the preparation of employment contracts and employment policies and dispute resolution before labour, employment, human rights, and other administrative tribunals.