Spring 2010 public workshop results
The Commission held one full-day and four half-day public workshops in Calgary, Edmonton and Peace River between May 5, 2010 and May 20, 2010. The workshops provided an overview of Alberta's human rights legislation with a focus on human rights in the workplace. Discussions centered around the duty to accommodate, preventing harassment in the workplace, and strategies for creating respectful and inclusive workplaces.
The Human Resources Institute of Alberta approved these workshops for Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) recertification points at 1.5 points per hour of attendance at a workshop.
A total of 63 people participated in the workshop in Edmonton, 54 in Calgary and 32 in Peace River. The workshop in Peace River was held in partnership with Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. and the Peace Regional Human Resources Management Association. A variety of organizations, including businesses, unions, municipalities, and law enforcement and not-for-profit organizations were represented at the workshops. These organizations were seeking information on how to create respectful and inclusive workplaces free from discrimination for all employees.
The response to these workshops has been very positive. The workshop evaluations show that the participants enjoyed the workshops and the information that was presented, and they are requesting that more workshops be offered. Many of the participants have asked for a more detailed workshop on topics such as drug and alcohol dependency, obtaining and responding to medical information in the workplace when accommodating employees, investigating harassment complaints, and the implications of human rights in the employment process. The Commission will be scheduling more public workshops in September 2010.
Read the archives of past workshop results.
Revised: June 8, 2010
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