Administrative Law Conference 2002

Course Date: October 17, 2002

Welcome and Introduction

   Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
   Marino J. Sveinson — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver

Family Status Cases

  • the test for family status discrimination in BC and other jurisdictions
  • case law update
  • trends and implications
  • policy considerations arising from the various tests for family status discrimination

    Jennifer Devins — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
    Krista James — Canadian Centre for Elder Law, BC Law Institute, Vancouver
    Catherine Sullivan — British Columbia Government & Service Employees’ Union, Vancouver

S. 7 of the Charter and Human Rights Issues

  • recent s. 7 case law, including consideration of the Insite and Tent City cases, and the Polygamy Reference
  • section 7 as a basis for substantial positive health rights
  • a critique of s. 7 applied methodology
  • the future of s. 7 challenges

    Brent B. Olthuis — Hunter Litigation Chambers, Vancouver
    Matthew R. Voell — LLM Candidate, Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, University of BC, Vancouver

Networking Break

Pregnancy and Parental Leave and Benefits

  • pregnancy and parental leave and benefits and discrimination under the Human Rights Code
  • entitlement to leave and return from leave under the Employment Standards Act
  • termination and notice of termination for employees on pregnancy and parental leave
  • entitlement to pregnancy and parental EI benefits
  • who has jurisdiction to hear a complaint?: the courts, employment standards branch, a labour arbitrator, or the human rights tribunal?

    Robyn Trask — Legal Counsel, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, Vancouver

Lunch With Featured Speaker

The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell — Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

Concurrent Sessions (choose 1)

A. Human Rights Tribunal Judicial Review Update

  • recent Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases
  • role of the Court and the Tribunal
  • issues respecting the record of proceedings
  • standard of review
  • available relief

    Jessica Connell — Legal Counsel, British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver


B. Bona Fide Exception for Retirement and Benefits

  • what is covered under the exception?
  • BC Code provisions 
  • survivor benefits case
  • practical implications for group benefits and human capital strategies

    Paul Fairweather — Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver
    Dan Eisner — Mercers, Vancouver

Networking Break

Ethics Fact Patterns

  • what would/should you do?
  • discussions in context

    Master Heather M. MacNaughton — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
    Bruce R. Grist — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
    Gabriel Somjen — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Case Law Update

  • key cases
  • analysis, impact, and effects
  • trends

    Jillian N. Humphreys — McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Vancouver
    Christopher M. McHardy — McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Vancouver

Closing Comments and Questions