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April 13, 2012

Fillmore Riley's David Simpson to present at The 2012 Accommodation Law Conference.

Employment and labour lawyer David Simpson will present at The 2011 Accommodation Law Conference to be held in Winnipeg May 29 & 30, 2012 at Hotel Fort Garry.

The conference will focus on new legal breakthroughs in the duty to accommodate and their impact on union and employer representatives in Canada.

Simpson will present two papers:
Establishing Undue Hardship: What it Takes to Meet the Standard
The Supreme Court of Canada identified seven factors that determine whether the test of undue hardship has been met, with subsequent decisions adding factors and providing clarification. A close examination of each of those factors that determine when accommodation obligations end.

Use vs. Addiction: The Critical Distinction
Smoking, drinking, marijuana use—all can be casual social activities or debilitating addictions. Given the two are treated differently under human rights law, Simpson will discuss what factors distinguish one from the other.

The conference will be attended by union representatives, employer representatives and lawyers. A total of 11 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits may be claimed from the Law Society of Manitoba for attending this conference.

For more information about the Centre for Labour-Management Development’s conference, please contact David Simpson at