London: 11.16.22 Best Practices For Handling Employee Illness, Accommodations, and Leaves

Date and Time

Starts:11/16/2022 5:00 PM

Ends:11/16/2022 8:30 PM

Registration Closes:11/08/2022 8:00 AM

Event Type: Professional Development

2.0 CPD Hour(s)

Four Points by Sheraton London 1150 Wellington Rd London, Ontario


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Additional Information

This is an IN-PERSON EVENT at the Four Points by Sheraton in LONDON.

Online registration is required. A “no show/late cancellation” fee will be charged if cancellation is not provided to at least 3 business days in advance. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

Event Sponsor

Part of working in a positive and supportive workplace, means being ready and able to discuss and address potential leaves of absences and accommodation requests. Being ready is also important, given the complicated obligations employers have in regards to leaves and accommodations. Indeed, when an employee advises that they require accommodation or need to be placed on sick leave, HR professionals are entering a potential minefield. It is important to take the proper steps to ensure that request is properly understood, reviewed, and responded to. Failing to do so can result in a human rights application, a Ministry of Labour complaint, and/or a civil claim.

Join Christine Ashton, a partner and lawyer with Wilson Vukelich LLP, for a practical seminar on how to handle leaves of absences, accommodation requests, and pitfalls which should be avoided.


Learning Objectives:

1) understanding the substantive law regarding employee illness, accommodations, and leaves;
2) addressing the HR handbook material needed to support addressing employee illness, accommodations, and leaves; and
3) discussing communicating with employees re: employee illness, accommodations, and leaves.


5:00 PM   Welcome and Networking

5:30 PM    Dinner

6:30 PM    Speaker Presentation

8:30 PM    Event Concludes

Registration Closes:  November 8, 2022 at 8:00 AM.

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Speaker bio(s)
Christine Ashton, Partner

Christine’s practice is divided between labour and employment law and tax litigation. Christine is dedicated to providing her clients with creative and effective solutions, in a responsive manner. In regards to her labour and employment law practice, Christine represents unionized and non-unionized employers in all aspects of labour and employment law. Christine is thoroughly versed in issues surrounding the employment relationship from hiring, discipline, compensation, performance management, workplace health and safety, human rights, through to termination. In regards to her unionized clients, Christine has acted as the lead negotiator in collective bargaining and has effectively represented employers in regards to grievances and arbitrations. Christine is frequently engaged in the preparation of employment contracts, manuals, and policies, conducting workplace investigations, and providing client training workshops. Prior to joining Wilson Vukelich, Christine articled with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Christine also provides advice and advocacy to executives and professionals on employment matters. In regards to her tax litigation practice, Christine represents individuals and corporations in their disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Christine works with accountants and our firm's team of tax lawyers to successfully represent clients at the objection stage, at the appeal stage before the Tax Court of Canada, on applications for judicial review before the Federal Court, on rectification applications, for remission orders, and in regards to requests for taxpayer relief. Christine is particularly focused on positively resolving business related tax disputes, such as the improper assessment of independent contractors as employees, the denial of valid business expense claims, shareholder benefit assessments, and director assessments.