The 25th Annual BC Labour Law Review (Vancouver)

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The 25th Annual BC Labour Law Review (Vancouver)

The year's top labour law Developments affecting BC unions and employers.

December 11 & 12, 2019
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Attend the 25th Annual BC Labour Law Review and catch up on the year's top labour law developments and their impact on unions and employers in BC.

ATTENTION LAWYERS: A request is pending for this conference to be approved for credit by the Law Society of BC.  

CPHR: This conference has been accredited by the CPHR BC & Yukon for 11.25 CPD hours.


Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Anthony Glavin and Tom Roper

BC Labour Arbitration Update
The year's top labour arbitration awards from BC and their impact on union and employer representatives.

BC Labour Relations Board Update
The year's top decisions of the BC Labour Relations Board and their impact on union and employer representatives.

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Lynsey Gaudin and Lindsay Lyster

Common Myths About Cannabis and the Workplace
We dispel common myths – some dangerous if believed – about the impact of cannabis at work in the wake of legalization.

Privacy Intrusions Unions Don’t Like
How privacy intrusions in the workplace – including surveillance, searches and the use of personal information – continue to receive push-back from unions.

The Me Too Movement is Alive and Kicking at Work
How women in Canada are taking back the workplace and how arbitrators and human rights tribunals are paving their way.

Getting Last Chance Agreements Right
A fresh look at last chance agreements, including when they are appropriate, useful provisions, the impact of breaches, and their role in accommodation.


MORNING SESSION – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Craig Bavis and Donovan Plomp

Accommodation Update
A review of the year's top accommodation cases from across Canada and their impact on union and employer representatives in BC. 

AFTERNOON SESSION – 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.
With guest arbitrators, Joan McEwan and Gabriel Somjen

Grievance Allowed . . . or Denied?  
Labour arbitrators offer instant rulings on grievances presented by union and management counsel, involving new developments in labour law.  


Craig Bavis
Union Counsel
Victory Square Law Office

Lynsey Gaudin
Employer Counsel
MLT Aikins LLP

Anthony Glavin
Union Counsel
Koskie Glavin Gordon

Lindsay Lyster, Q.C.
Union Counsel 
Moore Edgar Lyster

Joan McEwen
Labour Arbitrator & Mediator
McEwen Arbitration & Mediation

Donovan Plomp
Employer Counsel
McCarthy Tétrault

Thomas Roper, Q.C. 
Employer Counsel
Roper Greyell

Gabriel Somjen, Q.C.
Labour Arbitrator & Mediator

Andrea Zwack
Employer Counsel
Gall Legge Grant Zwack

And more (TBA)!


Special guestroom rates starting at $189 (standard, single/double plus taxes) have been arranged for registrants at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, in downtown Vancouver.  

*Guestrooms may be booked starting September 12.

Phone hotel reservation directly at (604) 684-3131 and ask for the group rate for "The BC Labour Law Review, Group Code BCLA1219." Reserve early as availability is limited.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a unionized hotel.

Includes two-day program, conference binder, Certificate of Attendance, continental breakfast and refreshments.

Accommodations and other meals are not included.

Individual: $795 (plus $39.75 GST = $834.75) 
Group (3+ each): $745 (plus $37.25 GST = $782.25) 
Super Group (7+ each): $695 (plus $34.75 GST = $729.75) 

To qualify for group rates, individuals must be from the same organization, or union local, AND register together at the same time.

Individuals registering separately will not qualify for group rates.

CANCELLATIONS must be in writing and received by December 4 in order to qualify for a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Non-compliance will result in liability for the entire tuition.

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.


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