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American Bar Association's "5th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Conference" set for Seattle in November

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Jurisdiction: - United States

Labour and employment lawyers in Vancouver may be interested to know that the American Bar Association's "5th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Conference" will be held in Seattle this year, on November 2-5, 2011. 

The program guide has not yet been posted to the Section's website. Last year's jam-packed program guide - the conference was held in Chicago - can be found here.

Upcoming conferences on labour, employment, human rights, privacy, immigration, pensions & benefits law

The table below contains a comprehensive list of the upcoming workplace law (employment, labour, human rights, pensions, privacy and immigration) conferences in Canada in 2011. The full names of the service providers, and links to their sites, are at the bottom of the page.

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2011 CACE conference to be held in Niagra Falls in September

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The 7th Annual CACE (Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers) conference in Vancouver wrapped up on Saturday afternoon. It was probably the best labour and employment law conference I have attended, with an incredibly high-calibre roster of speakers. Next year's conference will be held in Niagara Falls on September 22-24. 

Union-side labour and employment lawyers have their own organization - the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers  - and annual conference. Their conference was held in Saskatoon this year, with the 2011 conference scheduled for May in Vancouver.

Upcoming labour, employment, human rights and privacy law conferences in Canada

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Here is a list of some upcoming labour, employment, human rights and privacy law conferences in Canada;

September 2010

23-25:    Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 7th Annual Conference, Vancouver

27:         Best Practices for Paralegals Appearing Before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto

30:         Labour & Employee Relations, Insight Information, Halifax

October 2010

1             Labour & Employee Relations, Insight Information, Halifax  read more »

"PIPA Conference 2010" scheduled for Calgary on November 2 & 3, 2010

Topics: - Conferences - Privacy
Jurisdiction: - Alberta - British Columbia

The 5th annual “PIPA Conference" will be held on November 2nd & 3rd, 2010 at the
Hotel Arts in Calgary, Alberta. The conference - aimed at assisting organizations in BC and Alberta be privacy compliant  - is now in its fifth year. Last year's conference was held in Vancouver.

The title of this year's conference is "PIPA Conference 2010: Getting through the Privacy Jungle - How to see the Forest and the Trees”. The conference agenda is as follows:  read more »

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) to hold 7th annual conference in Vancouver in September

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Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) will be holding its 7th annual conference in Vancouver on September 23-25, 2010. The conference will take place at the new Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Coal Harbour.

Registration for the conference opens in June 2010; CACE members will be notified by email.

The topics covered in the 2009 conference were:  read more »

British Columbia's "Employment Law Conference 2010" (CLE)

As I noted in my post a few days ago, I presented a paper on The Law on Workplace Investigations: An Update on Key Developments on May 13, 2010 at the BC "Employment Law Conference 2010" Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

The other presenters on Day 1, and their topics, were:  read more »

Presentation: "The Law on Workplace Investigations: An Update on Key Developments"

I presented a paper on The Law on Workplace Investigations: An Update on Key
Developments
today at the BC "Employment Law Conference 2010" Continuing Legal Education (CLE). The paper can be found at the bottom of this post. The topics I covered were:

  1. Does an Employer Have a Common Law Duty to Provide the Employee with a Fair Hearing/Conduct an Investigation?
  2. What Exposure to Liability/Damages Does an Employer Face for Failing to Properly Conduct an Investigation?
  3. Conducting the Investigation
  4. The Use of Lawyers as Expert Witnesses on Workplace Investigations
  5. Recovery of Costs Associated With Investigating Criminal Wrongdoing
  6. What Duties do Employees Have in Relation to Workplace Investigations?
  7. Privilege Concerns and Workplace Investigations

The last time I presented at the Employment Law CLE - in 2006 - my topic was Reference Letters.

The BC CLE "New Civil Rules 2010" conference

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

I attended the BC CLE New Civil Rules 2010 conference yesterday and today. The new rules come into force on July 1, 2010.  They are the culmination of a justice reform initiative that commenced in 2002.

The BC Ministry of Attorney General notes the following about the new rules on  its website:

The new rules are meant to make the civil and family justice systems more responsive, accessible and efficient.  They were developed through extensive research and broad consultation and were finalized by the Rules Revision Committee, a committee of senior judges, and experienced private and public sector lawyers.

The new rules will significantly impact on the manner in which BC Supreme Court civil trials - including wrongful dismissal lawsuits - are filed, prosecuted and defended. This is likely why this was one of the best attended CLEs I have ever been to.

The topics covered at the conference were as follows:  read more »

Upcoming labour, employment and human rights law conferences in Western Canada/the Pacific Northwest

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Here is a partial list of upcoming labour law, employment law and human rights law  conferences in Western Canada/the Pacific Northwest:

March 2010

17-18:    2010 Vancouver Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, (Lancaster House)

18:        Legal Symposium: Developing Your Employment Law Knowledge, Surrey, BC  (BCHRMA)

April 2010

14-15:   The 2010 Accommodation Conference, Regina, SK (labourlawonline.ca)

20:        IPM Vancouver One Day Conference (Institute of Professional Management)

28-29:   The 2010 Accommodation Conference, Edmonton, AB (labourlawonline.ca)  read more »