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Yukon Legal Symposium (Whitehorse)

Date: November 1, 2019
Location: Westmark Hotel


Thank you sponsor:
 
Newmont Goldcorp
 
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-4:00pm

Venue: Westmark Whitehorse Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Wood St, Whitehorse, YT

CPD Hours: 6.0

 
Registration/Breakfast
8:00-8:30 am
 
     
Welcome
8:30 - 8:45 am
 
     
Session 1
8:45 - 10:15 am
HR Competency
ACCOMMODATION – Is There Anything New to Talk About?
 
Adriana Wills, Harris & Company LLP
 
 

Session 2
10:30am - 12:00pm
HR Competency
Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace - One Year Later
 
 
Colin Edstrom, Pushor Mitchell LLP
 
 

Session 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm
HR Competency
Can I Get a Like? Managing Social Media in the Workplace
 
Brandon Hillis, Roper Greyell LLP Employment + Labour Lawyers
Session 4
2:45 - 4:00 pm
HR Competency
Closing Keynote Panel:
A Conversation on the Relationship between Human Resources and Regulatory Compliance
 
 
• Christie Harper, Yukon Employees' Union
• Brandon Hillis, Roper Greyell LLP Employment + Labour Lawyers
• Roxane Larouche, CPHR, RJ People Consulting
• Karen Pearson, CPHR, Yukon Workers' Compensation Health & Safety Board

 
 
 
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(October 4)

Regular
(October 25)

Member

$325.00

$400.00

Non-Member

$400.00

$475.00

Student &
Retired Member

$275.00

$350.00

 
If you are GST exempt, please complete this manual registration form and submit it to pd@cphrbc.ca along with the GST exemption documentation.

All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

 
A full refund, less a $25 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 fax (604-684-3225) or 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.
 

Program Details

Topic: ACCOMMODATION – Is There Anything New to Talk About?
Presenter: Adriana Wills
Session Time: 8:45 - 10:15 am
Description:

This session will provide a brief overview of the basics of accommodation. However, the focus and majority of the session will focus on the more complex and thorny accommodation principles and practical issues facing employers, including the increasing emphasis on family and religious accommodation, the continuing challenges created by attempting to accommodate employees’ physical and( increasingly)mental health disabilities, including addictions; and, how to manage interventions by unions, including demands that employers not communicate with employees during their absence.

We will also discuss current decisions from BC and across Canada about these difficult issues.

Finally, we will provide guidance on changes to policies/practices to facilitate effective accommodation and limit potential liability.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • the legal principles and current decisions
  • how the law applies to specific workplace situations
  • additional skills and tools for managing complex accommodation requests
  • some insight and tips on how to respond to and manage difficult interactions with union representatives

About the presenter:
Adriana Wills Adriana advises and advocates for clients on workplace law matters, with emphasis on labour relations, human rights, and employment issues. While representing clients in both the public and private sectors, Adriana has particular expertise with municipal and health employers, as well as with the broader public sector, including crown corporations.

With over thirty years' experience advising on employment relationships, Adriana has a foundational belief that clients want practical solutions to their workplace problems. Clients regularly consult Adriana from the outset of an issue to receive her assessment of the problem from a legal context. By acquiring in-depth knowledge of a client's operations, business objectives, and other factors, she is able to provide options that are relevant, contextual, and avoid legal and other risks.

Adriana believes in working as part of her client's team to ensure managers and supervisors are aware of potential pit-falls and know to seek advice in a timely way. She has developed and presented training ranging from first-line supervisory skills to more complex subjects relating to the application of human rights principles.

As an advocate, Adriana is focused and relentless. She has appeared before arbitration boards, the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and at the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

Topic: Cannabis Legalization and the Workplace - One Year Later
Presenter: Colin Edstrom
Session Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Description:

Recreational cannabis was legalised on October 17, 2019. While some Canadians rejoiced, many businesses were understandably nervous. One year later employers are wrestling with the impact of recreational marijuana on workplace productivity, occupational health and safety and human rights. This presentation will discuss the impact of recreational cannabis on the workplace and how the consumption of recreational cannabis has been treated by adjudicators.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • An employer’s rights and obligations with respect to recreational cannabis
  • Update on significant developments with respect to the legalization of recreational cannabis

About the presenter:
Colin Edstrom Colin Edstrom advises and represents individuals and employers in labour and employment law, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and human rights. He recently moved home to beautiful Kelowna after practicing workplace law in Vancouver and has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court, collective agreement grievance arbitrations and various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, Workers’ Compensation Board and Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. Colin spends most of his time outside of work chasing his son and daughter.

Topic: Can I Get a Like? Managing Social Media in the Workplace
Presenter: Brandon Hillis
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Description:

This presentation will focus on the myriad ways in which social media has had, and will continue to have, an impact on the modern workforce, and what those implications are for employers. In addition to focusing on topics like cyber-bullying, and privacy rights, this presentation will touch on preventing social-media related problems through proactive management and the development of appropriate guidelines.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • About employee privacy rights;
  • About using social media for hiring decisions;
  • About terminating or disciplining employees in connection with social media comments or pictures
  • Cyber-bullying and an employer’s obligation to maintain a harassment-free workplace
  • Benefits of social media policies

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: Closing Keynote Panel: A Conversation on the Relationship between Human Resources and Regulatory Compliance
Presenter: Christie Harper, Brandon Hillis, Roxane Larouche, CPHR and Karen Pearson, CPHR
Session Time: 2:45 - 4:00 pm
Description:

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 issues, legal updates and developments, and future trends to watch for.
About the panelists:
Christie Harper Christie moved to the Yukon and joined the Yukon Employees’ Union in 2014 as a Labour Relations Advisor. In 2018 she moved into her current role as Executive Director. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from McMaster University in Labour Studies and Work and Society. She is currently completing her professional Masters’ of Law with Osgoode Hall, focused on Labour and Employment Law.
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
Roxane Larouche Roxane was one of the first Yukoners to get her CPHR designation and has over 25 years experience in the Human Resources field in both private and public sectors. She retired as Director, Human Resources at Yukon Hospital Corporation in 2017 and is currently the President of RJ People Consulting, a human resources consulting company in Whitehorse, Yukon. Roxane is also the Co-chair of the Recruitment & Employee Retention Committee. She also serves as an adjudicator for the Yukon Human Rights Commission Panel of Adjudicators.
Karen Pearson Karen is the Director, Human Resources with senior level experience working in both the private and public sector HR industry. She is skilled in Customer Service, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Conflict Resolution, and Management. Karen also holds CPHR and SPHR-SCP designations.