Grand Valley: * SOLD OUT * IN-PERSON Managing Your Disability Management Program

Date and Time

Starts:11/09/2023 8:00 AM

Ends:11/09/2023 10:30 AM

Registration Closes:11/02/2023 8:00 AM

Event Type: Professional Development

2.0 CPD Hour(s)

Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre 700 Hespeler Road Cambridge, Ontario


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Additional Information

This event has reached capacity. When you register online you will be placed onto a WAITLIST. If space opens up closer to the event you will be notified. This is an IN-PERSON event. Registering online in advance is required. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

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A $35 + tax “no show/late cancellation” fee will be charged if cancellation is not provided to at least 3 business days in advance.

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As an HR practitioner, you know that the duty to accommodate disability is serious business, and meeting that duty can be fraught with tough questions: What constitutes undue hardship? What kinds of questions should I ask (and not ask) to support a return to work? What about performance management?

For this session we are pleased to have Hicks Morley Partner Glenn Christie provide an overview of relevant case law and legislation, and Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) Tara Beaton provide practical tips for managing disabilities in the workplace. Issues covered will include the duty to inquire, employer and employee obligations relating to the duty to accommodate, undue hardship, how to get what you need to establish accommodation needs, bona fide occupational requirements, management of medical information, how to drive a successful return to work and maximize productivity, and guidance for managing performance and imposing lawful discipline when employees have disabilities… all while keeping your employer out of legal hot water.

 Learning Objectives:

1. Become aware of relevant case law and legislation related to managing disability management programs.
2. Understand the duty to accommodate, undue hardship, and bona fide occupational requirements in regard to supporting successful return to work activities.
2. Receive guidance on managing performance and imposing lawful discipline when employees have disabilities.


8:00 am Welcome and Networking
8:05 am Breakfast
8:30 am Speaker Presentation
10:30 am Event Concludes

Registration:  * SOLD OUT * This event has reached capacity. When you register online you will be placed onto a WAITLIST. If space opens up closer to the event you will be notified. 

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Speaker bio(s)
Tara Beaton, Certified Disability Management Professional

A seasoned speaker, trainer, and disability management expert, Tara Beaton uses her 25 years of experience in accessibility, vocational rehabilitation, and training to help organizations achieve healthy, productive, and sustainable workplaces. With a focus on supporting human resource practitioners, disability management specialists, managers, and leaders, Tara has provided expert guidance and delivered keynote speeches across Canada on topics including Duty to Accommodate, Return to Work, neurodiversity, mental health, and accessible recruitment. She has developed courses for 9 post-secondary institutions nationwide, and she holds a Master of Adult Education degree, Disability Management diploma, and the Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) designations. A longtime member and former Board Member of VRA Canada, Tara is dedicated advocate for disability rights and promoting workplace inclusion

Glenn Christie, Partner

Glenn Christie, a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Waterloo office, provides strategic advice and legal services to a wide range of clients and is known for his practical and proactive approaches to client problems. Glenn’s advocacy practice places him before the courts, arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. A very experienced negotiator, he has acted as spokesperson in several rounds of high-profile, politically sensitive collective bargaining. Governance and other types of organizational support are also important parts of his practice. Glenn is a provincial and national leader in providing advice to police services boards on a wide variety of issues including board governance and Police Services Act prosecutions.