GP lawyers did a lot of talking this past weekend
This past weekend saw many of GP’s lawyers head to Montreal for the conference of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers. This annual event involves a lot of discussions, learning and networking with union-side labour lawyers from across the country.
A number of GP lawyers took to the podium to talk about a variety of issues affecting Canadian trade unions and their members.
Kelly Doctor kicked off the conference on Friday morning, moderating a panel on Reconciliation, Indigenous Law and Labour Rights.
Later that afternoon, Emma Phillips (on the right) moderated a panel on Rough Justice or No Justice: The Pros and Cons of Expedited Arbitration.
On Saturday, Cynthia Petersen (second from left) and Heather Ann McConnell (far right) discussed family-related leaves on the panel Take Your Leave: The Shifting Landscape of Pregnancy and Parental Leaves and Benefits. Coordinated by Nadine Blum, this panel examined, among other things, the limits of legal protections for pre-leave positions, problems that arise from the disconnect between employment insurance benefits and leaves under employment standards legislation, and how unions across the country have worked to find creative solutions to these lingering issues.
Finally, on Sunday morning, Steven Barrett (standing) and Ethan Poskanzer (far left) assumed their traditional roles as leaders of the panel Supreme and Appellate Court Update. Despite the fact that conference attendees are sometimes not at their sharpest at the Sunday morning panel session, Steven, Ethan and the other panelists are able to capture everyone’s attention.
It was a great weekend in a wonderful city. We’re looking forward to the 2018 CALL conference in Victoria!