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



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

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

November 6 & 7, 2024
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 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)
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

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)
Celia Fergusson 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), Todd Andres and Debra Malmquist

Ask a Labour Lawyer

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


Todd Andres – Employer Counsel, Pitblado Law
Greg Bartel – Union Counsel, Myers LLP
Shandra Czarnecki – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins
Celia Fergusson – Employer Counsel, Fillmore Riley
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, Fillmore Riley


No special rates are available for this conference. However, The Delta Winnipeg -- located at 350 St. Mary Avenue, right beside the conference venue and accessible via skywalk -- can be reached at (204) 942-0551. 


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 30 in order to qualify for a refund.  Cancellations after October 30 will not qualify for a refund.  

SUBSTITUTIONS may be made at any time.