**NEW** The 28th Annual Manitoba Labour Law Review HYBRID EVENT (Winnipeg)


The 28th Annual Manitoba Labour Law Review (Hybrid Event)

The year's top labour law developments and their impact on Manitoba unions and employers

November 15 & 16, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Attend the 28th Annual Manitoba Labour Law Review and catch up on the year's top developments in labour law and their impact on unions and employers in Manitoba.

Can't attend the live program?

This conference is being delivered as a hybrid program. That means you can either register to attend the live conference in person, or order a video/binder package of all conference proceedings available two weeks after the conference.

‚ÄčATTENTION LAWYERS: This conference offers Manitoba lawyers a total of 11.25 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION (8:30 to 12:00)
Cindy Lazar and Fred Thiessen

Manitoba Labour Law Update

A review of new Manitoba labour arbitration awards, human rights decisions and Manitoba Labour Board cases and their impact on Manitoba unions and employers.  

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 to 4:30)
Keith LaBossiere and Dayna Steinfeld

Workplace Privacy: Reasonable Expectations and Unreasonable Intrusions

  • Electronic performance monitoring: New technologies, new cases
  • Drug and alcohol testing: A review of the rules
  • Evolving jurisprudence (and science) on recreational cannabis use
  • Data and devices: Employee privacy interests related to work devices
  • Privacy at arbitration: When privacy interests outweigh the open court principle
  • Employee privacy rights re: vaccines/disclosing vaccination status 

Key Employee Duties in the Workplace (and what happens when they are breached)

  • The employee's duty of fidelity
  • The work-now-grieve-later rule
  • The duty to cooperate in the accommodation process
  • The duty to mitigate losses 

Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Workplace: Tougher Laws, Better Practices 

  • Promoting a harassment-free workplace: What the law requires
  • Higher damage awards: What the courts are awarding victims of workplace assault
  • No damage awards: The courts are denying wrongful dismissal suits by employees accused of harassment
  • Practical policies that change workplace culture 

Racial Discrimination in the Workplace: Higher Legal Expectations on Employers

  • Higher damage awards: The new direction of the courts
  • The evolving definition of racism: what every employer has to know
  • Avoiding lawsuits through better workplace practices and policies 


MORNING SESSION (8:30 to 12:00)
Shandra Czarnecki and Bill Sumerlus

Accommodation Update

A review of important new accommodation cases from across Canada that offer valuable takeaways for unions and employers handling accommodation cases

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 to 3:00)
Tracey Epp and Bill Sumerlus

Ask a Labour Lawyer

Union and management counsel answer your questions on labour law issues. 


Shandra Czarnecki – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins
Tracey Epp, K.C. – Employer Counsel, Pitblado Law
Keith LaBossiere, K.C. – Labour Law Counsel, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman
Cynthia Lazar – Employer Counsel, Taylor McCaffrey
Dayna Steinfeld – Union Counsel, RavenLaw
William Sumerlus – Union Counsel, Winnipeg
Fred Thiessen – Union Counsel, Gange Collins


The conference venue is the RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. 

A special guestroom rate of $189 (standard, single/double plus taxes) has been arranged for registrants at the Delta Hotel, 350 St Mary Avenue in the heart of downtown Winnipeg (located across from the convention centre and accessible via skywalk). 

Book Online

Phone hotel reservation directly at (204) 942-0551 (toll-free 1-888-311-4990) and ask for the group rate for The Manitoba Labour Law Review. Reserve early as availability is limited.


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) 
Mega Group (15+ each): $645 (plus $32.25 = $677.25

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.

Registration for the live conference includes the two-day conference, the conference binder in PDF format, certificate of attendance, continental breakfast and refreshments. Accommodations and other meals are not included.

Registration for the video/binder package includes the conference binder in PDF format and a video of the conference proceedings with 30-day password access. 

CANCELLATIONS must be in writing and received by November 8 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after November 8 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.