Pembina Valley Chapter: Issues in the Workplace - What Employers Need to Know
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When: Friday, March 15, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Days Inn Conference Centre
940 Navigator Drive
Winkler, Manitoba 
Contact: Kayla-Lynn Desorcy

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Join the Pembina Valley Chapter of CPHR Manitoba for this informative workshop and hear from an array of legal professionals on your obligations as an HR professional or employer relating to a variety of issues that occur in the workplace. 



Workplace Investigations: The Sleuth of the Matter - Scott Hoeppner, TDS

Scott will take you through the basics of conducting workplace investigations including when to conduct an investigation; when to retain an external investigator; and some of the pitfalls investigators need to be aware of when conducting an investigation.

How to Hire Temporary Foreign Workers while Ensuring Compliance with Immigration Laws - Jennifer McRae, TDS

Jennifer will discuss Canadian immigration matters when hiring temporary foreign workers. Specifically addressing employer compliance reviews and inspections as it was one of the government’s primary focuses in 2018. In addition, with the legalization of cannabis in October, 2018 cross-border travel for businesses is an important topic for employers who regularly send employees to the U.S. for business purposes. She will reveal the risks associated with cannabis use and the dos and don’ts for entry into the U.S.

Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Keeping an Open Mind - Bret Lercher, MLT Aikins

1.   Providing an overview of religious accommodation requirements and obligations for employers and the legal framework

2.   Discussing human rights and other case law regarding accommodation of an employee’s religious beliefs

3.   Reviewing best practices and precautions when faced with a request for a religious accommodation



8:00am - 8:30am   Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30am - Noon       Sessions

Cost (add GST):

$75 for student members

$125 members

$150 non-members
Continental breakfast included

Registration Deadline:

March 12, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

This event is governed by our general Professional Development Cancellation, Refund & Transfer Policy.
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Registration Inquiries: Contact Kayla-Lynn Desorcy at


More About the Speakers:


Scott Hoeppner

Scott is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP who has practiced primarily in the area of labour and employment for his entire career.  Scott has recently relocated from Winnipeg to the Pembina Valley and continues to provide those same services from the TDS offices in both Morden and Winkler.


Jennifer McRae

Jennifer is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, receiving her B.A. in Arts in 2002 and her LLB in 2005. Jennifer articled with TDS and received her call to the bar in 2006.

Jennifer's practice focuses primarily on Canadian business immigration which involves assisting businesses and their executives with a wide variety of immigration and citizenship matters including, temporary resident visas, work permits, study permits, permanent residence and Canadian citizenship for individuals from all over the world. In addition, Jennifer assists Canadian employers with ensuring compliance with federal and provincial immigration laws and program requirements as well as assisting with immigration compliance reviews and investigations.

Jennifer has acted as a director for certain Winnipeg charitable organizations, including at various times Camp Manitou, Athletics Manitoba and The Manitoba Business Leadership Network. 

Bret Lercher

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.

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Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba)
1810-275 Portage Avenue / Winnipeg, Manitoba / R3B 2B3
tel. 204.943.2836 / fax. 204.943.1109 / email.

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