Members of our national team of employment lawyers will be discussing important considerations for managing potential discrimination hazards in the workplace during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the topics that will be addressed include:
- Managing employees with family obligations (e.g. childcare, eldercare, etc.);
- Considering the risks of requiring older employees and employees with existing disabilities to return to work;
- Accommodating a COVID-19 diagnosis;
- Planning which employees to recall from a layoff; and
- Considering the potential discriminatory effects of remote work (e.g. ability to learn and use new technologies, performance issues, etc.) on certain groups of employees.
A copy of the presentation materials is available here.
- LSBC Substantive (1.0), LSO Substantive (1.0)
Pablo Guzman, Partner, Montréal
Pablo Guzman is a partner in the firm's Montréal office. Pablo is a litigator and practises in the areas of corporate law, employment, pensions and benefits, franchise and commercial contracts, and the enforcement of creditors’ rights. He routinely counsels clients in the drafting, review, management and enforcement of contracts and security instruments in his areas of practice.
Pablo often provides strategic counsel to boards and C-level executives on complex litigation and compliance with business-related legislation, including Québec’s Consumer Protection Act, the Charter of the French Language, the Civil Code of Québec, the Competition Act and privacy legislation. His litigation practice also includes acting as defence counsel in several competition law class proceedings pursuant to the Civil Code of Québec and the Competition Act.
Dana F. Hooker, Associate Counsel, Vancouver
Dana F. Hooker has extensive experience in helping employers across a broad range of industries achieve success in managing the complexities of today’s workplace. Dana advises and represents clients in a number of areas, including drafting employment agreements and workplace policies, termination of employees and employment litigation, breach of restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions, breach of fiduciary duty, administration and application of collective agreements, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, human rights, privacy complaints and access to information requests, labour disputes, internal corporate investigations, defamation and reputation management, as well as transactional work.
Dana has appeared before the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Workers’ Compensation Board, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board. She previously served as the Employment and Labour practice group manager at a prominent international firm, after also spending six years incorporating commercial litigation into her practice.
Malinda Yuen, Associate, Calgary
Malinda Yuen practises in the areas of civil litigation and employment law. She has particular experience in corporate litigation, real estate disputes and employment matters.
Malinda is experienced before all levels of court in Alberta and appeared before various administrative tribunals. She also has experience in alternative dispute resolutions.
Titus Totan, Associate, Toronto
Titus Totan has a general employment and labour law practice. Titus provides strategic advice on a broad range of workplace issues and employment-related litigation matters, including employment and contractor agreements, occupational health and safety, terminations, investigations, discipline, restrictive covenants, workplace policies and workplace human rights. Titus frequently provides training to organizations of all sizes on preventing and addressing unlawful workplace discrimination, workplace harassment and workplace violence. Titus also advises on employment law aspects of corporate transactions.
Titus has successfully represented clients at all stages of the litigation/complaint process before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Ministry of Labour.