Conference / Seminar

Advantage CPD: New and Evolving Issues in Federal Human Rights

Event Details

November 22, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Hicks Morley Toronto Office
77 King Street West, 39th floor
Toronto, ON


Accommodation issues, including pay equity continue to present challenging issues for human resources professionals and in-house counsel in the federal sector. For both employers and service providers alike, ever-evolving jurisprudence and recent legislative reforms are continuing to generate new obligations – and potential new liability. Faced with novel complaints and requests for accommodation, prudent employers and service providers must be prepared to think “outside the box.”

In this session, we will focus on the following emerging issues:

  • What’s new in Federal Human Rights Case Law: An Update
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting (A Human Rights Complaint That Is!)
  • Hotboxing in the Workplace? Accommodating Medical Marijuana and the New Recreational Regime
  • If I Had a Million Dollars…Pay Equity and the Never Ending Story
  • HR as Magnum PI…Investigations: What You Need to Know
  • The Therapy Turkey – Do I have to Accommodate?

By the end of this seminar, attendees will walk away with a solid foundation in responding to the following challenges:

  • Understanding practical steps at the Canadian Human Rights Commission, including professionalism issues such as dealing with unrepresented litigants
  • How to conduct a thorough investigation that is procedurally fair to the parties involved
  • How to balance the tension between health and safety issues posed by recreational marijuana use in the new legal landscape and the need to accommodate prescribed medical marijuana
  • As service providers and employers, how to assess and respond to requests to accommodate  individuals who require service and/or therapy animals
  • How to achieve, maintain pay equity in the workplace and assess risk of exposure

Our presenters will invite questions during a Q&A panel and remain behind for any informal discussions you may wish to have.