2018 HR Legislative Review
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When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Viscount Gort Hotel
1670 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 0C9
Contact: CPHR Manitoba

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2018 HR Legislative Review

Presenting Sponsor 


Each year, our presenters share employment law developments from the past year that have an impact on the HR profession. Attendees come back year after year, valuing the importance of complying with legislation in their workplace. 

Who should attend?
• HR professionals
• Managers 
• Business Owners 


Breaking Bad (habits):  The Accessibility for Manitobans Act
Carolyn J. Frost, MLT Aikins LLP 

The AMA imposes new obligations on all Employers and businesses to benefit and accommodate disabled Manitobans. These obligations currently impact certain public organizations and will apply to all organizations with at least one employee in Manitoba by November, 2018. This presentation is intended to provide human resources professionals with the ability to carry out the required issue identification, policy development and staff training in order to comply with the AMA obligations on time.

Employment Law Roundup
Dave Negus, MLT Aikins LLP 
One constant in today’s workplace is change. That change does not always come by way of legislation. The last 15 months has resulted in case law on a wide range of workplace issues. Join us for a review and discussion of significant cases that will impact Manitoba non-union employers including:

  • recently decided non-union termination cases from Manitoba
  • case law from other jurisdictions that will impact non-union Manitoba employers
  • recent happenings under The Human Rights Code (Manitoba)
  • selection of cases from labour arbitrators that will impact both non-union and union employers.

Are you ready for a workplace violence or harassment complaint?

Jamie A. Jurczak, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Workplace violence and harassment are serious issues that require careful attention when they arise in the workplace. Are you ready for a complaint? There are many things to consider before, during and after your investigation.
What do your policies and procedures say? 
Who is on your crisis response team? 
When do you engage a third party investigator and what should you look for when hiring a third party investigator?
How can the investigation report be used going forward?
What can you do to prepare to defend yourself if a complaint is made to human rights or in another forum?
Why do these things matter? 
Jamie will review recent legal developments in the area of workplace violence and harassment, and provide guidance on how to handle complaints from beginning to end.

Immigration Law Update
Reis Pagtakhan, 
MLT Aikins LLP
Over the last year, the Government of Canada has once again made major changes to the immigration rules for employers. Reis will be discussing n
ew immigration options businesses can use for EU citizens under CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement); new work permit exemption categories for short term workers, new immigration options for technology workers, US and Canadian inadmissibility issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana; changes to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program; and changes to rules as to what HR personnel can and cannot do in the immigration process.

Impacts of medical marijuana and the legalization of marijuana in the workplace
Shandra N. Czarnecki, MLT Aikins LLP
Shandra will discuss the impact of medical marijuana and the legalization of marijuana in the workplace.

The Departing Employee
Ryan Savage, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
An employee's departure can render an employer vulnerable, particularly with senior executives, key employees, or employees with access to confidential information. In this session, we will discuss the obligations owed by departing employees, both before and after departure, including the duty of loyalty, the duty of confidence, post-employment obligations, statutory obligations and contractual obligations. Understanding the options and remedies available to enforce these rights in civil court, including injunctive relief, and disgorgement of profits will also be reviewed. 

Insiders Pose the Biggest Threat to Your Cybersecurity.  How can you mitigate the risk?
Doug Tait & Keith LaBossiere, TDS Law 

In today’s world every organization is facing the threat of a cyber breach, whether it be for its technology secrets, the data it holds or its system access to third parties. These threats however do not always come from those outside the organization.  About 60 percent of unauthorized access to an organization’s technology/data systems is by “insiders”. Whether it is through inadvertence or malicious behavior, negligent employees and other insiders are the number one cause of breaches at small and medium size businesses in North America.  

In this session we will explore ways to mitigate the risk of cyber breaches by insiders, including monitoring and modifying behaviour and discuss the labour and employment consideration associated with such risk mitigation strategies.

Time: Doors open/Registration: 7:30-8:15am
Continental Breakfast: 7:30-8:15am
Presentations: 8:15am-4:30pm
CPD hours 8
Accommodations: Viscount Gort Hotel 
Room type: Standard     $115.00

Reservations can be made by calling the Reservations Department at 1-204-775-0451. You must indicate your attendance at CPHR Manitoba's event on May 2, 2018 to receive the above rate. Reservations must be made by April 1, 2018 in order to received the discounted rate above.

Rates quoted are per room, per night, single or double occupancy and base don availability at time of reservation. A charge of $10.00 per additional adult will be added to the above rate, up to a max. of 4 adults.
 Cost (add GST): Member early bird: $345
Member regular: $395 
Non-member early bird: $400 
Non-member regular: $450 
 Registration deadline: Early Bird: April 6, 2018
Regular: Friday, April 27, 2018
 Registration includes: Continental breakfast, health breaks and lunch
 Presentations: PDF copies of the presentations will be emailed to all registered delegates  one week prior to the event. No printed handouts will be available on site. 

Want to purchase a binder with these PDFs printed out for you? This is available for pre-purchase only for $50**.

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Only registered attendees are able to purchase the handouts. 

**Only registered delegates may purchase the printed handouts.

Event cancellation policy: This event is governed by our general Professional Development Cancellation, Refund & Transfer Policy. To learn more, click here.

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More About the Presenters

Carolyn J. Frost, MLT Aikins LLP 
Carolyn is an experienced practitioner acting for employers in all areas of labour, employment and corporate immigration issues. She advises in a wide variety of sectors including retail, construction, manufacturing, transportation, First Nations and non-profit organizations.  She has appeared before all levels of Court in Manitoba and the Federal Courts, the Manitoba Labour Board, Grievance Arbitrators, Workers Compensation Board and Canada Labour Code Adjudicators as well as a variety of other administrative tribunals.  Carolyn also carries out neutral workplace investigations.

Dave Negus, MLT Aikins LLP
Dave is a partner at MLT Aikins. He is a legal advisor to a wide variety of employers. His practice focuses on labour, employment and human rights issues in both unionized and non-union workplaces. In addition, Dave has been a past Board member of The Misericordia Health Centre,  Prairie Theatre Exchange  and Canadian Corps of Commissionaires - Manitoba Division. Prior to practicing law Dave was a senior executive in human resource management.

Jamie A. Jurczak, Taylor McCaffrey LLP

Jamie Alyce Jurczak is a Partner with Taylor McCaffrey LLP, where she is a member of their labour and employment law and civil litigation practice groups.  She is experienced in all facets of management-side labour and employment law, and advises her clients on a wide range of workplace matters including employee discipline, wrongful dismissals, human rights, grievance and interest arbitrations, and collective agreement negotiations.  Her practice has a special focus on occupational health and safety matters.  Outside of the practice of law, Jamie is quite involved in the Manitoba business community, and owns her own dance studio in Winnipeg, where she continues to teach ballet, jazz, and musical theatre.

Reis Pagtakhan, MLT Aikins LLP
Reis is a partner at MLT Aikins and an CPHR Manitoba board member. He practices corporate immigration law and has over 22 years of experience advising businesses and individuals on immigration matters. His focus is on obtaining temporary entry and permanent residency for senior executives, managers, professionals and other company employees from all over the world; training business and HR professionals on immigration law and processes; and working collaboratively with business and HR professionals to create easy to use systems to comply with federal and provincial immigration laws. Reis has written on immigration issues for HRMatters, CBC and the Winnipeg Free Press. 

Ryan Savage, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Ryan is a partner at Taylor McCaffrey and a board member of CPHR Manitoba. Ryan Savage practices primarily in areas of labour and employment, and has for over 13 years. In addition, Ryan is Vice President of Boxing Canada and a former accomplished athlete and coach, attending the World Championships, Francophone Games and Commonwealth Games as an athlete and the 2008 Olympic Games, as a coach.

Shandra N. Czarnecki, MLT Aikins LLP
Shandra has practiced labour, employment and human rights law for 18 years, representing management of public and private sector organizations across a variety of industries. She provides practical and strategic advice on all matters relating to labour, employment and human rights law and represents employers before arbitration boards, human rights commissions and tribunals, labour boards, workers compensation tribunals and Manitoba courts. Shandra has been recognized in the 2009 - 2017 editions of Best Lawyers International for Labour and Employment Law and was recognized by Lexpert Magazine in 2013 as one of Canada's leading lawyers under 40. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and co-chair of the Professions Division for the United Way Winnipeg Campaign Cabinet and current member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. 

Doug Tait, TDS Law

Doug Tait is an experienced business lawyer focusing on corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on information security (including cybersecurity and data protection), commercial transactions, business sales and acquisitions, real estate conveyancing, leasing and development.

Doug advises a wide range of clients in a wide range of industries including developers, landlords and those in the energy sector.


Keith LaBossiere, TDS Law

Keith serves as the CEO and Managing Partner of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP.  While doing so, he continues to practice in the areas of labour and employment law. He has significant experience in the area of police employment law and public sector labour relations. Keith provides advice and advocacy to his clients, both employer and employee, on a variety of labour and employment matters including matters of discipline, termination and interpretation of collective agreements and is frequently involved in negotiating and/or litigating such matters. Keith also has experience in appearing as counsel on these matters in Labour Board proceedings, both provincial and federal, collective agreement grievance arbitrations and the civil courts.




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