The 29th Annual Manitoba Labour Law Review (live or livestream) (Winnipeg)


The 29th Annual Manitoba Labour Law Review (live or livestream)

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

October 18 & 19, 2023
RBC Convention Centre

Attend this annual conference where Manitoba unions and employers catch up on new developments in labour law and their impact on the unionized workplace

Attend the live conference or order the livestream/binder package

When you register for this conference, you can choose to attend the live conference in person, or watch a livestream of the conference with playback option that includes the virtual binder in PDF format.


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)
Greg Bartel and Shandra Czarnecki

What an ageism-free workplace looks like

  • Human rights and the end of mandatory retirement
  • Traps and pitfalls: Common legal mistakes employers make
  • Union representation of older workers
  • Workplace age ceilings for benefits and pensions: Are they legal?
  • Ensuring an age-friendly workplace: Policies and practices that work

Workplace Defamation: When employers, unions and employees trash each other publicly

  • Statements made by employers, unions and employees about each other
  • The legal framework adjudicators use in assessing defamation claims
  • The appropriate forum – where does the dispute belong? 
  • The key case law update  

Innocent Frustration: Non-culpable endings to the employment relationship

  • Frustration for medical/health reasons: What is non-culpable termination?
  • Can the exhaustion of LTD/benefit plans lead to employment termination?
  • Can the refusal to get vaccinated justify an employee termination?
  • The current law on attendance-management policies
  • Are deemed-termination clauses allowable?


MORNING SESSION (8:30 to 12:00)
Keith LaBossiere and Dayna Steinfeld

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)
Jeff Palamar (Chair), Tracey Epp and Debra Malmquist

Ask a Labour Lawyer

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


Greg Bartel – Union Counsel, Myers LLP
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
Debra Malmquist– Legal Counsel, UFCW Local 832
Jeff Palamar – Labour arbitrator, mediator and counsel, Taylor McCaffrey
Dayna Steinfeld – Union Counsel, RavenLaw
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 $229 (single/double) plus taxes has been arranged for registrants at the Delta Hotel Marriott, 350 St Mary Avenue in downtown Winnipeg (conveniently located across from the convention centre and accessible via skywalk). 

To book your guestroom call Marriott Reservations toll-free 1 (844) 294-7309 and ask for the group rate for "The Manitoba Labour Law Review" (reference # M-QHEP398).

Book Online


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, continental breakfast and refreshments. Accommodations and other meals are not included.

Registration for the livestream with playback option includes the conference binder in PDF format and a link for the livestream of the conference in real time, or a playback of the video at a later date convenient for you.

CANCELLATIONS must be in writing and received by October 11 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after October 11 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.