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A Conversation with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
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When: January 29, 2019
5:00 pm
Where: TCU Place - Gallery B
35 - 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 
Contact: CIRA Saskatoon Chapter

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The CIRA Saskatoon Chapter, in partnership with CPHR Saskatchewan, present

an intimate conversation Scott Newell,

General Counsel with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. 

(Moderator:  Amy Gibson - MLT Aikins)

As human rights law develops, it plays an ever-increasing role in governing the workplace.  It was not long ago that human rights were considered a separate and unrelated body of law; however, today there are very few labour relations professionals and union representatives who are not immersed in human rights issues.  The scope of the law has grown to include a comprehensive list of 15 protected grounds prohibiting discrimination.  Several items on the enumerated list are quickly evolving, for instance recent jurisprudence has important workplace implications for disability, gender/sex, and family status.  Despite the important implications for employer policies and union representation, there remains uncertainty around how human rights law is handled in the workplace.  Some important questions to be discussed include:

·         What is the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code?

·         What is the process for making a human rights complaint?

·         What role does the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission play?

·         Who adjudicates human rights complaints?  Does Saskatchewan have a tribunal like other provinces? 

·         What remedies are available?

·         Do you file a grievance or go to the Human Rights Commission? How does the Commission deal with these
          types of complaints?

·         When are unions named as respondents?

·         Can a labour arbitrator rule on the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code?

·         How has drug testing, marijuana addiction and medical marijuana affected the duty to accommodate and human
          rights complaints?

·         What issues have arisen with recent complaints? What issues remain unresolved?    

Guest Speaker:  Scott Newell

Scott has been General Counsel with Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission since 2012. He is responsible for oversight of the legal department, legal advice to the Commission, litigation of complaints and policy development.  Scott graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a law degree in 1997 and was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1998.  Prior to joining the Human Rights Commission, Scott was in private practice in Saskatoon and Calgary doing Civil Litigation with focus on labour and employment law, wrongful dismissal actions, arbitrations, human rights, employment standards, and mergers and acquisitions. He also worked in house for a large employer as a Labour Relations Director from 2009-2012 doing collective bargaining, arbitrations, wrongful dismissal defence, human rights complaints as well as labour and employment standards complaints in Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C. and Manitoba.

For event information and to purchase tickets, click here to visit the CIRA/ACRI Saskatoon website.  After purchasing tickets, please email CIRA to identify yourself as a member of CPHR Saskatchewan.

Date:        Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Time:       Cocktails (5:00 pm)
                Dinner (6:00 pm)
                Program (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

Location:  TCU Place - Gallery B
                35 - 22nd Street East, Saskatoon

Tickets:     Regular - $60
                 Student - $15


CPD Hours: 1.5 hours

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