The 28th Annual BC Labour Law Review (live or video) (Vancouver)


The 28th Annual BC Labour Law Review (live or video)

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

February 15 & 16, 2023
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

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

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.


Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

MORNING SESSION (8:30 to 12:00)
Craig Bavis and Maggie Campbell

BC Labour Law Update

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

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 to 4:30)
Lynsey Gaudin and Jitesh Mistry

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)
Sara Hanson and Donovan Plomp

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)
John McConchie (Chair), Tamara Ramusovic and Andrea Zwack

Ask a Labour Lawyer

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


Craig Bavis – Union Counsel, Victory Square Law Office
Maggie Campbell – Employer Counsel, Roper Greyell
Lynsey Gaudin – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins
Sara Hanson – Union Counsel, Moore Edgar Lyster
John McConchie – Labour Arbitrator and Mediator, McConchie & Company
Jitesh Mistry – General Counsel, BC General Employees’ Union
Donovan Plomp – Employer Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault
Tamara Ramusovic – Union Counsel, Moore Edgar Lyster
Andrea Zwack – Employer Counsel, Gall Legge Grant Zwack


Special guestroom rates starting at $169 (standard, single/double plus taxes) have been arranged for registrants at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 W Hastings Street, in downtown Vancouver.

Phone hotel reservation directly at 1-604-689-9211 and ask for the group rate for "The BC Labour Law Review." Reserve early as availability is limited.

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront is a unionized hotel.


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 February 8 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after February 8 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.