The 30th Annual Saskatchewan Labour Law Review (in-person or livestream) (Saskatoon)



The 30th Annual Saskatchewan Labour Law Review (in-person or livestream)

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

October 29 & 30, 2024
Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre

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 conference in person 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 Relations Board cases and their impact on Saskatchewan unions and employers. 

AFTERNOON SESSION (1:15 to 4:30)
Shane Buchanan and Shannon Whyley

Understanding the Procedural Duty to Accommodate

  • Distinguishing the procedural from the substantive duty
  • The duty to inquire, and what it means
  • The duty to investigate, and what it means
  • Remedies for breach of the procedural duty

Hands off my work! Current issues in contracting out/in

  • "Contracting out" and "contracting in" defined
  • Common collective agreement limits on contracting out
  • The implied restriction on contracting-in
  • Whose employee is it?
  • Agency workers and the "true employer" analysis

The Critical Role of Safety in the Workplace

  • What does "safety-sensitive" mean?
  • Safety and discipline
  • Safety and accommodation
  • Safety and drug-testing
  • The employer's duty to provide a safe workplace
  • The right to refuse unsafe work


MORNING SESSION (8:30 to 12:00)
Mike Phillips and Keir Vallance

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), Robert Frost-Hinz and Andrew Restall

Ask a Labour Lawyer

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


Marcus Davies – Union Counsel, Buettner Davies Law
Shane Buchanan – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins
Robert Frost-Hinz – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins
Jana Linner, K.C. – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins 
Michael Phillips – Employer Counsel, McDougall Gauley
Andrew Restall – Union Counsel, CUPE
Keir Vallance – Union Counsel, Bainbridge Jodouin Cheecham
Anne Wallace, K.C. – Labour Arbitrator and Mediator
Shannon Whyley – Union Counsel, Whyley Legal Counsel & Labour Relations


A special guestroom rate of $139 (single/double) plus taxes has been arranged for registrants at the Saskatoon Inn, 2002 Airport Drive in Saskatoon.

To book your guestroom call Reservations at (306) 242-1440 OR 1-800-667-8789 and ask for the group rate for "The Saskatchewan Labour Law Review." Reserve early as availability is limited.

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 22 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after October 22 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.