The 29th Annual Alberta Labour Law Review (in-person or livestream) (Edmonton)


The 29th Annual Alberta Labour Law Review (in-person or livestream)

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

May 1 & 2, 2024
Westin Edmonton

Attend this annual conference where Alberta 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)
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)
Drew Blaikie and Chantel Kassongo

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


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)
Kathryn Oviatt (Chair), Joel Michaud and Kara O'Halloran

Ask a Labour Lawyer

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


Damon Bailey, K.C. -- Employer Counsel, McLennan Ross
Drew Blaikie -- Union Counsel, Chivers Carpenter
Chantel Kassongo, K.C. -- Employer Counsel, Neuman Thompson
Kristan McLeod -- Union Counsel, Chivers Carpenter
Joel Michaud -- Employer Counsel, Field & Field
Kara O'Halloran -- Union Counsel, Chivers Carpenter
Kathryn Oviatt -- Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission
Dan Scott, K.C. -- Union Counsel, Seveny Scott
Jean Torrens -- Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins


A special guestroom rate $239 (standard, single/double plus taxes) has been arranged for registrants at the Westin Edmonton, 10135-100 Street in downtown Edmonton.

Phone hotel reservation directly at 1 (800) 937-8461 and use  the group code M-QVNIPWE.  Reserve early as availability is limited.



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 April 24 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after April 24 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.