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The Latest on Disability-Related Misconduct: What's changed since the Supreme Court's decision in Elk Valley?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT



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Moderators


Shana French

Employer Counsel
Sherrard Kuzz
David Yazbeck

Union Counsel
Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck

Speakers


Ronni Nordal

Union Counsel
Nordal LeBlanc
Dan Bokenfohr

Employer Counsel
McLennan Ross

Issues

The Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corporation, in which the majority upheld the dismissal of an employee who failed to disclose his addiction prior to a workplace accident, has been the subject of much debate and speculation among the labour community. It has been applied by courts, arbitrators, and human rights tribunals not only in cases involving substance use disorders, but also more broadly in cases involving issues such as the prima facie test for discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and the impact of zero tolerance policies. In this session, experienced counsel will explain how Elk Valley has altered the law relating to disability-related misconduct in the workplace, addressing issues such as:

  • Establishing discrimination: How has the majority decision clarified the test for establishing prima facie discrimination? Has Elk Valley altered the manner of assessing whether workplace misconduct is causally connected to a disability? Does an employee now have to establish that a disability was the proximate cause of the adverse treatment, and not simply a contributing factor? Are adjudicators requiring that medical evidence be provided to establish this connection?
  • Duty to accommodate: Will an employee's failure to disclose a substance use disorder, or other disability prior to a workplace accident or discipline-worthy event, displace an employee's entitlement to accommodation based on disability? Does it alter the employer's duty to inquire into an employee's health and possible need for accommodation?
  • Crafting workplace policies: Does Elk Valley provide any lessons in drafting workplace drug and alcohol policies? Has the majority view that zero tolerance policies are not per se discriminatory been accepted by adjudicators? Will a zero tolerance policy alone be sufficient to provide cause for discipline or dismissal? What, if anything, must an employer establish aside from having a zero tolerance policy in order to justify discipline for disability-related misconduct? Must the employee establish in each case an incapacity to choose to comply with a self-disclosure policy, i.e. that the failure to self-disclose a substance use disorder is caused by denial that is due to addiction?
  • Impact of Elk Valley: How have adjudicators applied Elk Valley in practice? Has the decision been broadly applied, or has it been restricted to its particular facts? Has it resulted in reduced human rights protections for employees with substance use disorders or other disabilities?

Accreditation

HRPA Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association.


CPHR BC & YK Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & YK) for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.


CPHR Alberta

CPD hours for this event can be logged online, through your CPHR Alberta member profile.


Lancaster House CPD
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 1.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • Each audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Each audio conference has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society may count this program for 1.5 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan should contact their Law Society regarding CPD approval.

Additional Information

MATERIALS
Valuable, up-to-date materials and case summaries will be available for downloading from our website. Each audio conference is accompanied by a PDF of concise summaries of the cases discussed.

REGISTRATION FEE
Live Session – $255, plus HST
Live Session for 2 or more (Boardroom fee) – $510, plus HST
Bundle Rate – Purchase a Live Session and receive the companion MP3 Recording for $155, plus HST
MP3 Recording – $255, plus HST
(Registrations must be paid in advance of the audio conference)
Contact us for discount pricing on the entire series.

AUDIO FILES
Audio conference MP3 files are available for $255. Those who have purchased the live audio conference may purchase the corresponding downloadable audio MP3 file for the discounted price of $155.

The recorded MP3 file and materials are available for download one business day after the live audio conference. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access and download the audio conference MP3 file and materials by visiting My Account and selecting Order History. For audio file purchases for upcoming audio conferences, once the MP3 file is available through our site, registrants will receive an update e-mail informing them that the links are now ready.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
When you register, you'll be given a toll-free number to dial at the time of the session and an access code to join the call. For additional program and registration information, call Lancaster House at (416) 977-6618.

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