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Wednesday , February 19 , 2020 at 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
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February 19, 2020
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Member: $425 | Non-member: $475
The Nest - Lethbridge
Catering will be provided on event day

*Attending this event counts as 8 CPD hours - please save the confirmation of attendance email for your CPD log. 

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About the Event

CPHR Alberta HR Law Conference is back!  We are excited to bring you our HR Law Conference in the Lethbridge Chapter on Wednesday February 19, 2020. Located at The Nest, the conference will consist of a full-day of presentations delivered by Alberta HR and employment law experts.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks but register now, this conference sells out every year! 

The HR Law Conference is designed specifically for CPHR Alberta Members, living and working in Alberta.  We will bring together some of Alberta’s most knowledgeable legal professionals to provide you with up-to date legal information for 2020 that is relevant to you and your city.  The key to making Alberta’s workplaces great is staying in-the-know on HR Law and best practices!

Presenters and Session Information

International Mobility of Employees—Obtaining Work Authorization for Employees in Canada and the United States in an Ever-Changing Immigration Landscape

Giving HR managers who may be, for the first time, (a) hiring foreign workers to Canada and/or (b) sending Canadian workers to the United States, a general overview of the work permit/work visa categories (and their corresponding legal requirements) that would most likely be applicable.

Presenter – Shannon M. Houston with Miller Thomson LLP

Shannon Houston is an immigration lawyer working with the team at Miller Thomson to ensure that her clients’ corporate immigration matters are handled effectively and efficiently.

Shannon assists clients with their Canadian business immigration needs including Labour Market Impact Assessment applications, work permit applications (such as NAFTA, intracompany transfer and LMIA-based work permit applications), and permanent residence applications for the family and economic classes.

A Word of Caution for Employers: Human Rights in the Hiring Process

This presentation would provide an overview of human rights considerations for employers in the hiring process and how immigration can affect those same decisions. Many employers understand that they cannot discriminate against current employees, but it's important to remember that human rights considerations are important for prospective employees as well. The presentation will include an overview of related cases in this area, and tips and suggestions for employers to keep in mind. Immigration considerations can creep into many different areas for human resources professionals, and this presentation will show how they can affect hiring decisions.

The session will provide a number of tips and suggestions for employers to limit or eliminate liability for human rights complaints in the hiring process, as well as general immigration considerations in the current state of immigration laws and requirements.

Presenters – Shannon M. Houston and Teri Treiber with Miller Thomson LLP

Teri Treiber provides advice and representation to employers in all areas of labour and employment law.

She assists employers with a variety of issues, including employment agreements, collective agreements, workplace policies, human rights, employment standards, privacy, workplace investigations, performance management, employee discipline, terminations, wrongful and constructive dismissal, grievances and arbitrations, and restrictive covenants.

Teri also practices in the areas of health law and administrative law.

Navigating Complex Investigations: Preparing for the Unpredictable with Southern Butler Price

Using examples from numerous investigations, our presenters will draw on their experiences as investigators to highlight some of the most unexpected moments and highlight options for addressing them.

Using storytelling, humour and audience engagement, the session will be an engaging, interactive presentation that will give attendees more tools in their toolbox for when unexpected events transpire during investigations.

Using a “live scenario”, this session will give insight into how the experts navigate the crisis-laden complexities of workplace investigations. You will move through these important moments guided by, and participating with, leaders in the field.

The panel will walk through several triggering incidents;

  • the complaint process;
  • planning;
  • the investigation itself; and
  • the reporting out.

Attendees will learn what to do, what not to do, and today's best practices in this important work.

Panelist: Lisa Southern, LLB | Jessica Bowering, Barrister & Solicitor | Jennifer Hawkins - Barrister & Solicitor | Shelina Neallani, Barrister & Solicitor


  • 7:30 am to 8:00 am Registration
  • 8:00 am to 8:05 am Welcome
  • 8:05 am to 9:05 am International Mobility
  • 9:10 am to 10:10 am TBD
  • 10:10 am to 10:25 am  Break
  • 10:25 am to 11:25 am A Word of Caution for Employers: Human Rights in the Hiring Process
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Navigating Complex Investigations: Preparing for the Unpredictable
  • 2:00 pm to 2:20 pm Break
  • 2:20 pm to 3:30 pm Panel on Navigating Complex Investigations: Preparing for the Unpredictable
  • 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm Wrap up & Closing remarks


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