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



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Session 1: BC Labour Law Update 

Craig Bavis and Maggie Campbell (morning of April 10)

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

Session 2: Three Labour Law Topics

Lynsey Gaudin and Jessie Sunner (afternoon of April 10)

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

Shirin Kiamanesh and Donovan Plomp​ (morning of April 11)

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

John McConchie (Chair), Carmela Allevato and Andrea Zwack (afternoon of April 11) 

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

Total viewing time: 10 hours 5 min

Includes Virtual Binder with 164 pages of indepth coverage of all topics


Carmela Allevato – Union Counsel, Allevato Quail
Craig Bavis – Union Counsel, Victory Square Law Office
Maggie Campbell – Employer Counsel, Roper Greyell
Lynsey Gaudin – Employer Counsel, MLT Aikins
Shirin Kiamanesh – Union Counsel, Koskie Glavin Gordon
John McConchie – Labour Arbitrator and Mediator, McConchie & Company
Donovan Plomp – Employer Counsel, McCarthy Tetrault
Jessie Sunner – Legal Counsel, Hospital Employees' Union
Andrea Zwack – Employer Counsel, Gall Legge Grant Zwack

TUITION for video/binder package

Registration for the video/binder package includes the 164-page conference binder (in PDF format) and a video of all conference proceedings (10 hours 5 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.