Annual Firm Seminar – 2013

The 2013 program focused on recent important developments in the field of labour and employment law, with an emphasis on practical and proactive management advice.

Our Keynote Panelists included Mr. Stephan Swinkels, Executive Director of L&E Global, Dr. Kara Preedy, Partner at Pusch Wahlig Legal (Germany) and Mr. John Sander, Managing Partner at Jackson Lewis LLP (USA). The Panel discussed the differences between European and North American employer-union relations.

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2013 PROGRAM

9:00  – 9:05 Opening Remarks Roy Filion
Key Note Panel
9:05 – 9:45 Europe vs North America: How Employers Deal with Trade Unions

  • Stephan Swinkels, Executive Director, L&E Global
  • Kara Preedy, Partner, Pusch Wahlig Legal (Germany)
  • John Sander, Managing Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP (USA)
Hot Topics and Practical Advice
9:45 – 10:00 Unlocking Keays: The Latest on Bad Faith Damages in Wrongful Dismissal Actions Donald Jarvis
10:00 – 10:20 Mental Health Issues in the Workplace [Seminar2013 Mental Health in the Workplace.pdf] Jamie Knight
10:20 – 10:40 Blue Mountain Decision: When Must Employers Report “Workplace” Accidents Suffered by Non-workers? Chris Little
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:20 What’s New in Human Rights: The Pinto Report and Other Updates Melanie McNaught
Fast-Talking Lawyers:
Key Labour and Employment Law Developments
11:20 – 12:05 (i) Mine vs. Yours: Competing Human Rights Lauren Chang MacLean
(ii) Family Matters: Recent Developments in Family Status and Accommodation Carla Nassar
(iii) Break out the Rake: A Review of a Pile of ProposedESA Leaves

Bonus update: Supreme Court Rules that Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies Must be Supported by “Reasonable Cause”

Chris Sinal
(iv) Employers Gone Wild: Jailhouse Rock Edition Brian MacDonald
(v) When is a Health and Safety Violation Just Cause for Dismissal? Alexa Sulzenko
Panel Discussion
12:05 – 12:35 The Internet, Email, Social Media
and the Office
David Wakely – Moderator