Mental Health and Lawyers: An Unspoken Struggle
September 5, 2019

There are many reasons you keep hearing about the importance of wellness in the legal profession. The statistics are concerning and the impact of these issues on both the individual and the firm’s ability to be as successful as possible is without question.

Judge Timothy Daley from the Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Court will provide you with guidance on what you can do to promote, support and accommodate well-being in your offices.

Presenter: The Honourable Judge Timothy Daley, Nova Scotia Provincial and Family Court

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours:

Price: FREE

Please note that there are no materials to accompany this program.

New Anti-Money Laundering Rules
December 9, 2019

On January 1, 2020, rule changes affecting client identification and verification and the receipt of cash will come into effect. 

What does this mean for you? 

All firms need to review and revise their processes to ensure compliance with the existing and new rules. These rules are critically important in the international fight against money laundering and terrorism financing and thus compliance will be enforced robustly.

Kristin Dangerfield, Chief Executive Officer, The Law Society of Manitoba
Leah Kosokowsky, Director of Regulation, The Law Society of Manitoba
Sean Shore, Canadian Compliance & Regulatory Law

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 1

Price: FREE

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in the #MeToo Era:
What You Need to Know

October 24, 2019

The #MeToo movement sparked a public conversation that continues to make headlines around the world. It created a safer space for victims to come forward and share their experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault, and led many people in positions of power to re-examine past behaviour. Given the spotlight placed on workplace incidents, it is incumbent upon employers to revisit their policies and procedures on sexual harassment and violence, and consider whether their office culture encourages employees to come forward with their experiences and concerns.

Regardless of your practice area, your clients may turn to you for urgent advice when allegations of sexual harassment surface unexpectedly within their workplaces. As an employer, you have a duty to ensure you foster a respectful workplace culture and are prepared to address issues when they arise. We’ve assembled an expert panel to provide guidance on these and many other issues, including:

  • What constitutes sexual harassment and applicable provincial and federal legislation;
  • Workplace policies and how to enforce them;
  • Workplace investigations: when to conduct one internally and when to hire an external investigator;
  • What to do (or not do) in the initial days following a complaint being made or a concern coming to light, from the perspectives of counsel for the complainant, the respondent and the employer;
  • Steps to take when a complaint or investigation is made public on social media;
  • Professional responsibilities under the Code of Professional Conduct;
  • Best practices for building a healthy workplace culture;
  • How the Law Society’s Equity Officer can help.

Christine Thomlinson, Rubin Thomlinson LLP (Toronto, ON)
Garth Smorang, Q.C., Myers LLP
Tracey L. Epp, Pitblado LLP
Alissa Schacter, Equity Officer and Policy Counsel, The Law Society of Manitoba

CPD hours: 3
EPPM hours: 3

Price: $95.00 + GST = $99.75 50% Discount: $47.50 + GST = $49.88

The Bills of Exchange Act
October 3, 2019

Cheque this out!  ~ Lawyers advising on commercial transactions both big and small will want to attend this program on the federal Bills of Exchange Act which governs bills of exchange, cheques and promissory notes.

Professor Gerry Nemiroff will explain the background and purpose of the Act, review key provisions and share some of the practical issues and common misunderstandings relating to these negotiable instruments, with a focus on promissory notes.

Cy Fien, Fillmore Riley LLP, will then bring forward the practicing lawyer perspective and engage Professor Nemiroff in a discussion about questions that arise in everyday practice including:

  • Can a promissory note be back dated?
  • Can time of payment of a promissory note be made conditional on the occurrence of external events?
  • Can the amount of a promissory note be determined by reference to fair market value of an asset at the time the note is issued?
  • Are the answers to the preceding questions different if the note is marked non-negotiable?
  • Is Canada Revenue Agency correct in taking the position that it must be determined if a promissory note is issued as evidence of a debt or as absolute payment?
  • What are the rights of a third party to whom a cheque has been negotiated if a stop payment is put on the cheque?

Cy Fien, Fillmore Riley LLP
Professor Gerry Nemiroff, Robson Hall, University of Manitoba

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 0

Price: $65.00 + GST = $68.25 50% Discount: $32.50 + GST = $34.13