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October 24, 2019 - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in the #MeToo Era: What You Need to Know

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Law Society Classroom, 3rd Flr, 260 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
in the #MeToo Era: What You Need to Know

October 24, 2019   |   12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Law Society Classroom, 3rd Flr, 260 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg

REGISTRATION FORM

This program will consider the perspectives of the employer, respondent and complainant.

The #MeToo movement sparked a public conversation that continues to make headlines around the world. It created a safer space for victims to come forward and share their experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault, and led many people in positions of power to re-examine past behaviour. Given the spotlight placed on workplace incidents, it is incumbent upon employers to revisit their policies and procedures on sexual harassment and violence, and consider whether their office culture encourages employees to come forward with their experiences and concerns.

Regardless of your practice area, your clients may turn to you for urgent advice when allegations of sexual harassment surface unexpectedly within their workplaces.  As an employer, you have a duty to ensure you foster a respectful workplace culture and are prepared to address issues when they arise. We’ve assembled an expert panel to provide guidance on these and many other issues, including:

  • What constitutes sexual harassment and applicable provincial and federal legislation;
  • Workplace policies and how to enforce them;
  • Workplace investigations: when to conduct one internally and when to hire an external investigator;
  • What to do (or not do) in the initial days following a complaint being made or a concern coming to light;
  • Steps to take when a complaint or investigation is made public on social media;
  • Professional responsibilities under the Code of Professional Conduct;
  • Best practices for building a healthy workplace culture; 
  • How the Law Society’s Equity Officer can help.

 

Presenters:
Christine Thomlinson, Rubin Thomlinson LLP (Toronto, ON)
Garth Smorang, Q.C., Myers LLP
Tracey L. Epp, Pitblado LLP
Alissa Schacter, Equity Officer and Policy CounselLaw Society of Manitoba

In Person Registration Fee:
Lawyer - $155.00 (plus GST)
Student - $77.50 (plus GST)~ 50%  Discount
Note: 
Registration fee includes materials and lunch.

Eligibility For CPD Hours: This program may be reported for up to 3 hours of eligible CPD activity, including 3 hours of EPPM. 

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