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Is Bill 14 Stressing You Out? Relief through a Legal Lens (Prince George)

Date: March 21, 2013
Location: Coast Inn of the North

CHRP credits: 3.0
Program Summary:

This intensive workshop will ensure that you are up to date on the scope of compensable mental disorder workers’ compensation claims in B.C. and future health and safety obligations of employers to prevent bullying & harassment in the workplace.  Significant trends from WorkSafeBC mental disorder compensation decisions will be discussed to guide your approach to investigations of claims including bullying and harassment allegations arising from the workplace. Recommendations will be provided for policy and procedure changes to limit liability and educate your workforce.  

You Will Learn:
  • Overview of legislation related to the mental disorder provisions.  Participants attending should have a general understanding of the changes to the legislation.


  • Case analysis including:
    - Board decisions (Review Division and WCAT) since July 2012 when the amendments became effective.
    - Important jurisdictional considerations.
  • Understanding of the proposed occupational health and safety policies on bullying & harassment to guide employer policies & procedures.


  • Tools for preventing and minimizing potential liability


  • Tools for responding  to mental disorder compensation claims


  • Fact pattern exercise to guide investigations


Marino Sveinson is a partner at Roper Greyell LLP where he provides strategic result-oriented advice and representation with respect to workplace law in unionized and non-union environments in both the provincial and federal sectors.  Marino represents employers with respect to human rights matters, wrongful dismissal matters, labour relations issues, collective agreement grievances, employment contract drafting and interpretation, privacy obligations, workers compensation matters and disputes over obligations of departing employees.  He also acts as an independent investigator for harassment complaints, provides training services and represents senior employees/executives in complex employment matters.  Marino has placed extra interest and focus on human rights and privacy law throughout his career.  He has represented clients at all levels of the courts in B.C., labour arbitrations, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Labour Relations Board and workers compensation tribunals.

Marino received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychology) from the University of British Columbia and a law degree from the University of Toronto before being called to the Bar in B.C. in 2000.  He is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the B.C. Human Resources Management Association (BCHRMA) annual conference and a member of the Human Rights Subcommittee of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE).  He was Co-Chair of the Human Rights Continuing Legal Education course in B.C. from 2002 until 2011.  The 2011 course won an international award of Outstanding Achievement in the Best Programs category from the Association for Continuing Legal Education Administrators (ACLEA).

Marino publishes a blog at workplacelegalpost.com and hrandpayrollcompliance.cch.ca

Who Should Attend:
Mid-level practitioners and above. Those who have a hand in policy development and the ability to implement the recommendations that result from this workshop.

*Note: Participants should have a good understanding of Bill-14 and of OHS policies, as such pre-reading materials will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop.


Coast Inn Of The North,
444 George Street
Prince George, B.C.

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Registration & Lunch
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Presentation
Note: Lunch is included in the price of the Workshop
Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to registration@bchrma.org.
Should you have any questions regarding workshops in your region, please contact Tim Read, Member Relations Manager (CI, N, SI) at tread@bchrma.org.
Early Bird pricing will apply to all registrants who register at least two weeks prior to this workshop.
Registration Deadline:

March 7

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All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

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