The 29th Annual Manitoba Labour Law Review (conference video)



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ORDER THE VIDEO/BINDER PACKAGE and stay on top of the year’s most important new developments in labour law for unions and unionized employers in Manitoba.


Session 1: Manitoba Labour Law Update 

Cindy Lazar and Fred Thiessen (morning of October 18)

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

Session 2: Three Labour Law Topics

Greg Bartel and Shandra Czarnecki (afternoon of October 18)

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?

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

Session 3:  Accommodation Update

Keith LaBossiere and Dayna Steinfeld (morning of October 19)

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

Session 4: Ask a Labour Lawyer

Jeff Palamar (Chair), Tracey Epp and Debra Malmquist (afternoon of October 19) 

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

Total viewing time: 10 hours 19 min

Includes Virtual Binder with 158 pages of indepth coverage of all topics


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

TUITION for video/binder package

Registration for the video/binder package includes the 158-page conference binder (in PDF format) and a video of all conference proceedings (10 hours 19 minutes) with 30-day password access.

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.