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Program Faculty

Sarah Crossley

Employer Counsel
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Brian Etherington

Arbitrator

Lewis Gottheil

Union Lawyer and Educator

Program Details

While arbitration of a grievance tends to be viewed as “the main event,” the procedure leading up to arbitration should not be neglected. Employer and union representatives should cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to resolve grievances early, before expensive and unpredictable arbitration is necessary. Of course, not every grievance can be settled without arbitration. When arbitration is necessary, both employer and union representatives need to be able to effectively mount a successful grievance arbitration case or to give maximum assistance to counsel.

Over the course of this two-day session, leading employer and union counsel and one of Canada’s foremost arbitrators will lead participants in interactive discussion of strategies for settling grievances before arbitration and explain how to win cases when arbitration is necessary.

Working through a realistic grievance with the guidance of experts, participants will learn to:

  • Prepare effectively for formal grievance meetings;
  • Determine which grievances should go to arbitration;
  • Identify key issues, strengths, and weaknesses of a grievance;
  • Address preliminary issues, such as timeliness;
  • Obtain and provide appropriate disclosure;
  • Prepare, examine, and cross-examine witnesses;
  • Make persuasive opening and closing statements.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:00 am ET

Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 am ET

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:00 am ET

Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 am ET

HRPA

This program has been approved by CPHR Alberta for 11 Continuing Professional Development hours.

CPD

  • This program has been approved for 11 Continuing Professional Development hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 11 Continuing Professional Development hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may consider counting this program for 11 Continuing Professional Development hours.

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