Joyce Mitchell  @mclennanrosslaw

Joyce is a partner in McLennan Ross’s Calgary office and a member of the Labour & Employment Practice Group. She has an extensive background representing management-side clients on a wide range of labour and employment matters including collective agreement interpretation issues, defence of grievances and wrongful dismissal claims, collective bargaining, disability management, and duty to accommodate issues. She also assists clients in the development and implementation of employment, harassment, whistleblower and discipline policies. Joyce conducts harassment investigations on behalf of clients as well as acting as an independent investigator  Joyce represents clients before the courts and administrative tribunals including grievance arbitration panels and human rights panels She is a frequent writer and speaker on human rights, labour relations and employment matters, particularly with respect to harassment issues and the employer’s duty to accommodate. 

October 4th

1:15pm- 2:25pm (Breakout Session 6 - Sinclair/Palliser Room)

Managing Harassment in the Current #MeToo Era: Pitfalls and Risks

2:50pm - 4:00pm (Breakout Session 7 - Sinclair/Palliser Room)

Managing Harassment in the Current #MeToo Era: Pitfalls and Risks

Workplace harassment complaints have become increasingly pervasive in recent years.  Employers confronting these issues face a host of difficult considerations.  From questions about whether the alleged harassment is legitimate to questions about how to appropriately respond, ill-equipped employers can quickly find themselves tripping over legal land mines. This session will focus on best practices for confronting issues of workplace harassment and will offer proactive tips to better protect your workforce and your business, Some of the key topics this session will cover include: 

Recognizing harassment: what it is and isn’t.

        - Best practices for supporting a respectful workplace.

        - Legal responsibilities of employers and employees when it comes to harassment in the workplace.

        - Investigations: when they are required and how to successfully conduct them.

        - Risks: what can happen if it all goes wrong

        - Social media: how it plays into harassment, and how to gain back control.