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


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

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

April 19 & 20, 2023
The Chateau Lacombe Hotel

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

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)
Damon Bailey and Kristan McLeod

Alberta Labour Law Update

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

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 to 4:30)
Dana Christianson and Joyce Mitchell

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)
Dan Scott and Jean Torrens

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)
Mark Asbell (Chair), Chantel Kassongo and Natalia Makuch 

Ask a Labour Lawyer

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


Mark Asbell, K.C. -- Arbitrator, Mediator, and Adjudicator, Asbell Dispute Resolutions Inc
Damon Bailey, K.C. -- Employer Counsel, McLennan Ross
Dana Christianson -- Union Counsel, Seveny Scott
Chantel Kassongo, K.C. -- Employer Counsel, Neuman Thompson
Natalia Makuch -- Union Counsel, Chivers Carpenter
Kristan McLeod -- Union Counsel, Chivers Carpenter
Joyce Mitchell, K.C. -- Employer Counsel, McLennan Ross
Dan Scott, K.C. -- Union Counsel, Seveny Scott
Jean Torrens -- Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins


Special guestroom rates starting at starting at $139 for a standard room, single occupancy ($149 double/$159 triple/$169 quad) have been arranged for registrants at The Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111 Bellamy Hill in Downtown Edmonton.

Call Reservations directly at (780) 428-6611 or 1 800-661-8801 and ask for the Group Rate for The Alberta Labour Law Review.


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 April 12 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after April 12 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.