Human Rights Conference 2014

Course Date: November 20, 2014

Total: 9h 13min

Day 1: Thursday, November 20

Welcome and Introduction

Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver

Judicial Review of BC Human Rights Tribunal Decisions

  • review and update of significant BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada cases

Katherine A. Hardie — BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
David G. Wong — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Section 15(1) Charter Challenges to the Human Rights Code

  • laying the foundation for Charter arguments before the tribunal
  • setting up facts for judicial review
  • s. 15(1) Charter challenge to the remedies provision of the Code
  • is the code discriminatory within the meaning of the Charter?
Jason B. Gratl — Gratl & Company, Vancouver
Bryant A. Mackey Ministry of Justice, Victoria

Human Rights Issues Before the Human Rights Tribunal and the Labour Relations Board

  • similarities and differences in procedural issues (i.e. pre-hearing, case management, treatment of evidence)
  • new rules
  • pros and cons for management and unions in each jurisdiction
  • duty of fair representation and duty to accommodate: rights and obligations

Stephanie D. Gutierrez — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Catherine McCreary — BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
Catherine A. Sullivan — BC Government & Service Employees' Union, Burnaby

Lunch with Featured Speaker: "International Human Rights Law"

Gregory W. Kehoe — Greenberg Traurig, Tampa, Florida

Recent Developments for Pregnancy and Parental Leave and Benefits

  • review and update of recent significant cases on pregnancy leave and benefits
  • BC Court of Appeal decision on scale placement for employees on leave under the Employment Standards Act
  • BC decisions on accrual of credits for conversion to a continuing contract while on pregnancy or parental leave
  • Supreme Court of Canada decision on occupational health and safety in Quebec for pregnant women
  • BC case under consideration by the Supreme Court of Canada on employer provided benefits and pregnancy discrimination

Delayne M. Sartison, QC — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Robyn P.M. Trask — Legal Counsel, BC Teachers' Federation, Vancouver

Networking Break

Rights of Migrant Workers in BC

  • introduction to migrant workers and the legal regimes that govern their lives and work in Canada
  • review of factors that cause migrant workers to be vulnerable to exploitation and face barriers to enforcing rights 
  • legal options for migrant workers to pursue redress, including under Human Rights Code, Employment Standards Act, and civil courts
  • practical challenges in representing migrant workers, and tips for overcoming those challenges

Devyn Cousineau — Community Legal Assistance Society, Vancouver
Charles Gordon — Koskie Glavin Gordon, Vancouver

Ethics Fact Patterns

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

Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver
Gabriel M.A. Somjen — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments

Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver

Day 2: Friday, November 21

Welcome and Introduction

Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver

Case Law Update

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

Christopher M. McHardy — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Ryley M. Mennie — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Human Rights Issues and Trinity Western University's Law School

Earl G. Phillips — Executive Director, School of Law, Trinity Western University, Langley
Professor Margot Young — Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, University of BC, Vancouver

Human Rights Issues in Relation to the Aging Workforce in Canada

  • national comparative snapshot of statutory human rights provisions on age discrimination
  • accommodating the older worker’s health issues
  • accommodating family responsibilities of younger workers who have to care for elderly parents
  • hiring, discipline, and termination
  • age and discrimination relating to downsizing
  • mandatory retirement update
  • discussion of jurisprudence, consultation findings, practice strategies, and policy options going forward

Heather Hettiarachchi — Clark Wilson LLP, Vancouver
Krista James — National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Addiction Treatment and Substance Use Policies in Unionized Workplaces

  • coerced addiction treatment; addiction treatment as a requirement for continued employment
  • employer input into/control over an employee’s treatment plan
  • employer monitoring of employee substance use and addiction treatment; alcohol and drug testing
  • return-to-work of an employee with an addiction
  • onus to pay for addiction treatment

Jonathan Chapnick — In-House Counsel, Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), Burnaby
Adriana F. Wills — Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Inglis v. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, 2013 BCSC 2309

  • public interest standing
  • the scope and role of section 7
  • discrimination in the justice system
  • impact of international law in interpreting Charter rights
  • intersecting grounds of discrimination
  • lessons learned

Kasari Govender — Executive Director, West Coast LEAF, Vancouver
E.W. (Heidi) Hughes — Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Justice, Vancouver
Kevin Nakanishi — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Sarah J. Rauch — Rauch Darby & Company, Vancouver

Issues in Class and Group Complaints

  • overview of group vs. class complaints
  • representative complaints
  • the evolution of the SELI principles
  • ethical and procedural issues

Jodie Gauthier — Koskie Glavin Gordon, Vancouver
Carol Whittome — Koskie Gavin Gordon, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments

Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver