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


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

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

October 24 & 25, 2023
TCU Place

Attend this annual conference where Saskatchewan 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)
Marcus Davies and Janna Linner

Saskatchewan Labour Law Update

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

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 to 4:30)
Robert Frost-Hinz and Shannon Whyley

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)
Susan Barber and Heather Robertson

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)
Anne Wallace (Chair), Michael Phillips and Keir Vallance

Ask a Labour Lawyer

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


Susan Barber, K.C. – Employer Counsel, McDougall Gauley
Marcus Davies – Union Counsel, Buettner Davies Law
Robert Frost-Hinz – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins
Jana Linner, K.C. – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins 
Michael Phillips – Employer Counsel, McDougall Gauley
Heather Robertson– Union Counsel, Gerrand Rath Johnson
Keir Vallance– Union Counsel, Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham
Anne Wallace, K.C.– Labour Arbitrator and Mediator
Shannon Whyley – Union Counsel, Whyley Legal Counsel & Labour Relations


The conference venue is TCU PLACE, 335-22nd Street East in Saskatoon.

A special guestroom rate of $159 (single/double) plus taxes has been arranged for registrants at the Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown, 90 22nd Street (conveniently located across the street from the conference venue, TCU Place).

To book your guestroom call Reservations at (306) 244-2311 and ask for the group rate for "The Saskatchewan 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, 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 17 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after October 17 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.