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Skills Training

Skills training sessions are conducted in multiple locations across Canada. Each hands-on, interactive session is conducted by subject matter experts, and provides balanced viewpoints with legal expertise from both the union and management perspectives. These sessions focus on developing practical skills that will assist workplace parties in meeting their legal obligations.

Working-age Canadians are likely to spend most of their waking hours in the workplace, which means that managers, union representatives, and co-workers are likely to be among the first people to observe changes in behaviour that may indicate that someone is developing a mental health problem.

Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable approaching a co-worker or employee who appears mentally unwell, which may result not only in further deterioration for the employee in question, but also in legal liability for employers and costly, time-consuming litigation.

This one-day skills training session will equip managers, supervisors, and union representatives with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote mental well-being in the workplace, support employees who are mentally unwell, and fulfil their legal obligation to accommodate employees experiencing poor mental health.

You should attend this session if you want to:

  • Understand the medical/psychological concepts of mental health, mental illness, and psychological health and safety, as well as the legal concept of mental disability.
  • Identify ways in which both individuals and organizations can contribute to a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.
  • Approach employees about their mental health in a helpful, non-threatening way and have a useful conversation.
  • Help distressed employees to stay at work in a safe and productive manner.
  • Develop effective, legally-compliant accommodation and return-to-work plans.
 
 
 
 

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Register and pay by Friday, March 29, 2019, to save $100 off each regular skills training session price!



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The legalization of recreational cannabis has highlighted the need for employers and unions to address workplace impairment while respecting employee rights. In this essential session, an experienced Drug Recognition Expert will be joined by management and union lawyers to provide expert guidance on the impairing effects of cannabis and other drugs, how to recognize the signs of impairment, and tips for ensuring legally-compliant policies and testing.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the seven recognized drug categories and how they impair one's abilities
  • Recognize common signs and symptoms of impairment
  • Identify aspects of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests that may be applicable to the workplace
  • Be aware of the legal framework for regulating recreational cannabis
  • Develop legally-compliant policies and procedures that respect employee rights
  • Apply knowledge and skills to a realistic scenario, and receive expert feedback

Designed for:

  • Human resources/industrial relations professionals and executives
  • Union officers and representatives
  • Labour and employment lawyers/consultants
  • Health and safety specialists
 
 
 
 

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Register and pay by Friday, July 12, 2019, to save $100 off each regular skills training session price!



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Medical reports and health care records contain highly personal, sensitive information. As a result, a request for medical information from an employee in the workplace raises a host of privacy and human rights concerns. Nevertheless, employers and unions are often required to handle private employee health information in order to facilitate accommodation, sick leave, and/or disability benefits. In these instances, it is crucial for workplace parties to strike an appropriate balance between obtaining the required information and respecting employee privacy.

Working through interactive exercises and realistic scenarios with the guidance of experienced counsel and medical experts, participants will gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • Craft effective requests for medical information that comply with human rights and privacy law
  • Understand health records and respond appropriately to vague or deficient medical reports
  • Identify when medical information from a specialist, psychologist, or psychiatrist is required for the purposes of sick leave, accommodation, or disability benefits
  • Comply with federal and provincial privacy legislation and protect confidential medical information in the workplace
  • Avoid wasted time litigating over the collection, storage, and disclosure of medical information
  • Use medical evidence effectively in the grievance and arbitration process
 
 
 
 

EARLY BIRD RATE

Register and pay by Friday, July 12, 2019, to save $100 off each regular skills training session price!



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