Please note that this agenda is subject to change
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Hot Buffet Breakfast & Registration
8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Opening Remarks & Introductions
8:40 AM – 9:15 AM
The Impact of Chronic Disease on Absence and Disability
Chronic diseases have been called “the public health challenge of the 21st century” and represent a cost to the economy of $122B in lost productivity. This session will focus on how chronic disease is impacting the workforce and how employers can support employees living with a chronic disease. By taking an integrated and strategic approach employers can increase overall employee well-being and help manage their absence and disability costs.
Speaker: Youlanda Hart – Sun Life Financial
9:15 AM – 9:50 AM
From Privacy Concerns to Workplace Changes: Managing Employees with Chronic Diseases
The extent of the employer’s duty to accommodate its employees has been expanding in unprecedented ways and at an extraordinary rate. Employers are increasingly facing issues around managing chronic disease. This presentation will focus on an employer’s accommodation obligations, particularly regarding employees with invisible illnesses, such as mental health disabilities. Issues ranging from employee privacy concerns to ambiguous medical information will be discussed, along with the undue hardship standard.
Speaker: Paula Pettit – Miller Thomson
9:50 AM – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 10:35 AM
Trend Alert: Push for WSIB to cover Chronic Mental Illness
On April 27, 2017, the Ontario government tabled Bill 127, the provincial budget. Within the bill, there is wording which would amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to provide that a worker is entitled to benefits for chronic mental stress arising out of the worker’s employment. The key word is “chronic”, since workers are already able to submit a claim for mental stress arising out of an “acute” incident at work. This precedent-setting change to definition would have a major impact to all Ontario employers currently enrolled in WSIB. An analysis of the change will be discussed, as well as how it may potentially impact private long term disability claims.
Speaker: Yafa Sakkejha – The Beneplan Co-operative
10:35 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion / Q & A and Closing Remarks
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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