2019 HR Legislative Review
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When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Viscount Gort Hotel
1670 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 0C9
Contact: CPHR Manitoba

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2019 HR Legislative Review

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 

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Supporting Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!


Obscure Legal Risks For HR Professionals: ‘Quick Hits’ on 3 Topics That May Not Be On Your Radar - Catherine Hamilton, TDS Law, 
Colton M. Hnatiuk, TDS Law, 
Silvia de Sousa, TDS Law

  • The Dependent Contractor: A ‘hybrid’ between employees and independent contractors
  • Intellectual Property Clauses in Employment Agreements: Protect Your Company’s Intangible Assets
  • Privacy Law For HR Professionals: PIPEDA’s Mandatory Breach Reporting* and Employee Records

Immigration Law Update - Reis Pagtakhan, MLT Aikins LLP

Recent changes to U.S. immigration law have introduced challenges when it comes to cross-border business travel. Reis will discuss how employers can navigate the complex world of U.S. non-immigrant statuses and visas, in addition to offering tips and considerations for business travel to the U.S. He will also look at new Canadian immigration processes that businesses can use to hire talent from abroad, and explain how the federal government is cracking down on employers who hire foreign workers through immigration audits. 

Off-Duty Conduct - Jamie Alyce Jurczak, Taylor McCaffrey LLP


Many employers are concerned about their reputation when employees behave in an inappropriate way off-duty. Whether it is smoking cannabis, getting arrested, offensive behaviour or inappropriate online activity, what action can be taken? Jamie will look at the appropriate disciplinary action on a case-by-case basis, up to and including termination.



Working with External Legal Counsel - Ryan Savage, LLB, Taylor McCaffrey LLP


Some companies have in house legal counsel, but many don't. This session will focus on how to work with external legal counsel. Ryan will discuss the importance of using legal counsel on a proactive rather than reactive basis. He will help you develop an understanding of the litigation process in Manitoba, focusing on when to settle and when to sue or defend. Finally, he will share tips on how to best utilize external counsel to maximize efficiencies, lower legal fees and ensure a proper understanding by the company regarding risks and costs associated with the litigation process.


The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How’s of Investigating Respectful Workplace Complaints – Shandra N. Czarnecki, MLT Aikins LLP


Employers are increasingly striving to minimize the occurrence of disrespectful workplace conduct, and employees are better informed and equipped to identify and bring forward issues of unacceptable workplace conduct than ever before. To maintain these positive steps forward and to avoid legal consequences that can have significant detrimental financial and reputational impacts, employers must ensure that proper workplace investigations are conducted. This session will review the various and often complex considerations that must be borne in mind before, during and after the investigation process.

Employment Law Roundup -  Bret M. Lercher, 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.

Legislation Update – Devin Wehrle, MLT Aikins LLP

Recent legislative changes will impact Manitoba employers, particularly those that are federally-regulated. This session will review those changes and what they mean for Manitoba employers.

*Sessions are subject to change


Registration & Continental Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30am
Presentations: 8:30am-4:30pm

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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 1, 2019 to receive the above rate. Reservations must be made by March 30, 2019 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: March 29, 2019
Regular: Friday, April 26, 2019

 Registration includes: Continental breakfast, health breaks and lunch
  Event Cancellation Policy:

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

Presentations:  PDF copies of the presentations will be downloadable by all registered delegates. A secure link will be sent to all registered delegates approximately 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.


More about the presenters 

Catherine Hamilton, TDS Law
Cathy’s practice is concentrated in the areas Corporate and Commercial Law, Privacy Law, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, Municipal Law, and Indigenous Law. Cathy’s Corporate and Commercial Law practice is centred on corporate governance, and commercial real estate and development. Cathy also provides advice to clients on the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
Cathy’s Indigenous Law practice focuses on providing advice to resource developers in engaging with First Nations and Metis communities on issues related to future developments or the impacts of past developments.
Cathy also has experience in civil and commercial litigation and uses her litigation background to assist business clients in protecting their interests and navigating business legal issues.

Colton M. Hnatiuk, TDS Law
Colton’s practice is focused in the areas of labour and employment law, and civil litigation. He has experience providing advice in a broad range of areas including contractual disputes, collective agreement administration, arbitration, discipline, termination, wrongful dismissal, employment standards and human rights issues.
Colton was an Articling Student at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in 2016 and joined the firm as an Associate in 2017.
Colton is a member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), which is the leading management side labour and employment lawyers organization in Canada.
Silvia de Sousa, TDS Law
Silvia’s practice is concentrated in the area of business law with an emphasis on intellectual property law, life sciences law and technology law. Her practice also includes intellectual property transactions, commercial law, financings and licensing matters.

Reis Pagtakhan, MLT Aikins LLP
A partner at MLT Aikins and a former CPHR Manitoba board member, Reis has been advising businesses and individuals on immigration matters for more than 23 years. He has extensive experience in 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 that comply with federal and provincial immigration laws. Reis has written on immigration issues for HRMatters, CBC and the Winnipeg Free Press.

Jamie Alyce Jurczak, Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Jamie 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.

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 almost 20 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 - 2018 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 executive member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Bret M. Lercher, MLT Aikins LLP 

Bret carries on a general labour and employment practice, primarily representing management of organizations in a diverse area of industries. He provides advice and representation on all matters relating to labour and employment law, for both unionized and non-unionized workplaces. This includes on matters relating to employee discipline and termination, collective agreement administration and interpretation, human rights, employment standards, and workplace safety and health matters. Bret also has experience advising on and drafting employment agreements, workplace policies and independent contractor agreements. Bret has appeared before the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, the Manitoba Labour Board and other administrative adjudicators.


Devin S. Wehrle, MLT Aikins LLP
Devin practices with MLT Aikins’ Labour and Employment group. He primarily assists employers with all matters relating to labour, employment and human rights law, including the negotiation and drafting of workplace policies, collective agreements and employment contracts, termination and discipline of employees and workplace safety and health matters. In addition, he represents employers facing regulatory and criminal charges, and appears before Manitoba courts and various administrative tribunals. 





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