SAHO Forum 2014 Report

SAHO Forum 2014


Everyone at SAHO is extremely excited about SAHO Forum 2014 held in Saskatoon earlier this week. It was an opportunity for counterparts from the Regional Health Authorities, affiliate facilities and Saskatchewan Cancer Agency to connect, gain insights throughout a day of presentations and individually confer on challenges and triumphs faced in their individual regions.

The event started with a networking social held the evening of the 17th. It was well-attended with many participants embracing the opportunity to meet colleagues who they had previously only had contact with via phone and email. The feeling in the room was like a family reunion, with lots of hugs and handshakes.

The formal presentations were kicked off the next morning with greetings from Doug Forseth, CEO of SAHO and Tracey Smith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health. The crowd heard from Francis Schmeichel on the topic of Job Evaluation and Classification, Ian Billett from Market Supplement Program and Kent Seidler from Compensation and Research. Each provided some history on the departmental roles as well as information on the current state. A panel of Senior Labour Relations consultants including Gloria Wall, Laura Scott, Carlisle Fenske and Rebecca Knowles provided insight into the evolution of healthcare laundry services in the province, and an overview of the implications of the Influenza Immunization and Mask Policy for Saskatchewan healthcare workers. The morning wrapped up with an informative session with Mr. Kenneth Love, Chair of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, who presented the history and development of administrative law since the signing of the Magna Carta.

The afternoon began with a presentation from Deputy Minister Mike Carr, from the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. Deputy Minister Carr and team including Greg Tuer, Kim Meyers and Glen McRorie led a lively conversation on the implications of the recent Saskatchewan Employment Act. Although a difficult act to follow, Jolene Horejda and Stephen McLellan, SAHO's legal experts, along with guest Kevin Zimmerman, legal counsel for Saskatoon Health Region, provided an invaluable look at arbitrations and issues pertinent to challenges employers face in day-to-day operations. This covered a range of topics including the correct way to handle an investigation into an employee who has been charged with a criminal offense, permissible communications during collective bargaining and the arbitration related to the immunization or mask controversy in British Columbia.

SAHO would like to thank all participants who took time from their busy schedules to attend SAHO Forum 2014. We look forward to continuing the momentum gained from all the valuable conversations held throughout the event.

SAHO Forum 2014 Presentations

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