Monday November 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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ESS Direct & Suite Success
411 Huronia Road, Unit 5
Barrie, ON L4N 9B3


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Lotte Struwing 
Lasting Solutions, HR Consulting & Coaching 

(705) 294-3900 


Managing the Complexities of Employee Disability in the Workplace

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Don’t Leave This to Chance

In Ontario, 1 in 7 people has a disability.  In 20 years that number will be 1 in 5.  Managing disabled employees is becoming more complex every day and employers are feeling highly vulnerable and unclear of their rights and obligations.  Damage awards under the Human Rights Code for disability complaints can be significant.

Join us in this interactive workshop to understand your legal obligations and how to work effectively with disabled employees (with non-occupational injuries) with solid HR and Disability Management practices.

Your workshop leaders:

Doug MacLeod - Principal - MacLeod Law Firm

Lotte Struwing - President - Lasting Solutions HR Consulting & Coaching

Lucy Cormier - President - Partners Disability Management

What you will learn:

  • What is a disability within the meaning of the Human Rights Code (Code) and what is the duty to accommodate
  • Why having an attendance and sick leave policy and standardizing processes is key to managing absence successfully
  • Who the key stakeholders are for each aspect and identify their roles and responsibilities
  • What elements need to be included in accommodation plans
  • How to work with all parties collaboratively and facilitate a successful return to work
  • How to successfully separate medical issues from performance related matters

Date:  Monday November 3, 2014
Time:  9 am to 12:00 pm
Location:  Suite Success at ESS Direct
                 411 Huronia Road, Unit 5  Barrie, On L4N 9B3
Investment:  $49 plus HST

Your Facilitators:

Lotte Struwing is the founder and President of Lasting Solutions HR Consulting & Coaching, a company dedicated to being the number one choice for outsourced HR services for evolving businesses in Simcoe County that strive to be recognized as “Employer of Choice”. Lasting Solutions specializes in providing businesses with the end to end guidance, strategies and the hands on implementation necessary to create a solid HR foundation which in turn allows business leaders to do what they are meant to do – Drive Business Results! 

With a full suite of HR services, career transition is a major focus, supporting HR Practitioners and employers that find themselves in the difficult position of having to terminate employees.

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Doug MacLeod is the principal of MacLeod Law Firm, a Canadian Labour and Employment Law Firm with offices in Barrie and Toronto.

Since 1989, Doug has focused on providing advice and representation on employment law issues, including employment contracts, human resource policies dealing with employment standards, workplace safety and human rights, wrongful dismissals and harassment complaints. He prides himself on timely, cost effective solutions to clients’ employment law issues.

Doug has appeared before the Ontario courts, The Human Rights Tribunal, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He has taught Law Society of Upper Canada’s Continuing Professional Development Course and is a frequent speaker to associations and professional groups and regularly publish articles on all aspects of employment law.

Doug is a graduate of the Queen’s University Faculty of Law and holds an HBA from The Richard Ivey School of Business. Prior to founding MacLeod Law Firm in 1993, Doug worked with the Toronto law firms of Genest Murray Desbrisay Lamek  and Osler, Hoskin &Harcourt LLP. Doug sits on the board of the Georgian Nurse-Practitioner Led Clinic and is active with the Parkinson Society


Lucy Cormier B.A. (Psych.), C.C.R.C., President

Lucy Cormier, as President of Partners Disability Management Inc., has over 25 years of experience specializing in workplace absence management for both the private and public sectors.  After working for a number of years across a broad spectrum of insurance sectors (WSIB, LTD, STD and Auto) assessing disability and root causes of workplace absence, Lucy applied her knowledge in pioneering an early intervention approach to help employers better manage these challenges.

Her focus was to design an innovative approach to help employers manage the spiralling costs of workplace absence.  She created a process to assist employers in understanding what is needed to manage absence and disability issues in the face of legislative requirements and cost containment, while maintaining high service standards.

Lucy founded PDM in 1998 in response to the need for proactive management of absence and disability in the workplace by providing analysis of business processes to implement stronger policies and protocols that successfully address and manage all disability and accommodation issues from onset to conclusion.