Presenting Sponsor for CPHR Manitoba’s 2019 HR Legislative Review

MLT Aikins is pleased to once again serve as presenting sponsor for CPHR Manitoba’s annual Legislative Review.

This full-day event for HR professionals, managers and business owners takes place on Wednesday, May 1 in Winnipeg. Each year, speakers from the legal community share recent developments in employment law and how they will affect the HR profession.

Four of the firm’s labour and employment lawyers will lead sessions: Reis Pagtakhan, Shandra Czarnecki, Bret Lercher and Devin Wehrle.

Reis will present an “Immigration Law Update.”

Recent changes to U.S. immigration law have introduced challenges when it comes to cross-border business travel. Reis will discuss how employers can navigate the complex world of U.S. non-immigrant statuses and visas, and will offer tips and considerations for business travel to the U.S. He will also look at new Canadian immigration processes that businesses can use to hire talent from abroad, and explain how the federal government is using immigration audits to crack down on employers who hire foreign workers.

Shandra will speak on “The Who, What, Where, When, Why and Hows of Investigating Respectful Workplace Complaints.”

Employers are increasingly striving to minimize disrespectful workplace conduct, and employees are better informed and equipped to identify and bring forward issues of unacceptable workplace conduct than ever before. To maintain these positive steps forward and to avoid legal consequences that can have significant detrimental financial and reputational impacts, employers must ensure that proper workplace investigations are conducted. This session will review the various and often complex considerations that employers must bear in mind before, during and after the investigation process.

Bret will provide an “Employment Law Roundup.”

One constant in today’s workplace is change. That change does not always come by way of legislation. The last 15 months have resulted in case law on a wide range of workplace issues. Join us for a review and discussion of significant cases that will impact Manitoba non-union employers including: recently decided non-union termination cases from Manitoba; case law from other jurisdictions that will affect non-union Manitoba employers; recent happenings under The Human Rights Code (Manitoba); and a selection of cases from labour arbitrators that will impact both non-union and union employers.

Devin Wehrle will present a “Legislation Update.”

Recent legislative changes will affect Manitoba employers – particularly those that are federally-regulated. This session will review those changes and what they mean for Manitoba employers.