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AICC 2019 Annual Meeting - HR Issues in the Workplace

Monday, July 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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July 26, 2019 – AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, is offering key HR training for US and Canadian manufacturing companies during the AICC 2019 Annual Meeting, September 16-18, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The two-day workshop features Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Sole Proprietor, FiveL and Michelle Henry, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLP) LLP, to speak on HR laws and regulations in the US and Canada respectively.

Christine Walters has been engaged as an expert witness for the defense, presented at conferences across the country, testified before U.S. Congressional and state legislative committees and federal administrative agencies.

She has been interviewed and quoted in a variety of media, including television, radio, and print media. Her first book From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations was one of the publisher’s (SHRM) “Great 8” best-sellers in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014!

Michelle Henry is a partner in the Labour and Employment Group in the BLG Toronto office. She advises employers on various employment-related matters, such as workplace restructuring, workplace investigations, employment contracts, employee terminations, discipline, workers' compensation, occupational health and safety matters, workplace violence, employment standards, and human rights.  Michelle represents employers in employment-related litigation, including wrongful dismissals, constructive dismissals, and injunctions proceedings.

Michelle's practice also encompasses labor relations. She advises and acts on behalf of employers in collective bargaining (including at negotiations, mediation, and conciliation), interest arbitrations, collective agreement interpretation, grievance arbitrations, strikes and lockouts, and injunction proceedings during strikes.  Michelle also advises and acts on behalf of employers in matters before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Canada Industrial Relations Board.

The first session “Got Pot? Marijuana in the Workplace & Substance Testing,” will address the legal trends related to marijuana legalization; decriminalization: and legal use of medically prescribed marijuana. The impact on the workplace and the employers’ related policies, practices, and programs will also be discussed.

“Top 10 Trends Impacting Employee Practices,” the second session, provides an overview of ten of the most common and current legislative proposals impacting employment policies, practices and procedures, including advocacy tips for developing your business case and helping to shape these important policy issues.

The workshops are being offered during the Annual Meeting, which will feature a three-day series of general sessions, workshops, plant tours, and networking and social events. The meeting will also showcase the biennial Independent Package Design Competition.

Registrations received on or before Friday, August 23 will receive the early bird rate. Special pricing is also available for those sending multiple employees.

To learn more and to register visit

Questions about the 2019 Annual Meeting and the value a well-connected workforce brings to a company can be directed to Cindy Huber, AICC Director of Conventions & Meetings, at or 703.836.2422 or Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or 703.836.2422.