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



Missed the live conference?

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



Total viewing time: 10 hours 5 min

Includes Virtual Binder with 160 pages of indepth coverage of all topics


Session 1: Alberta Labour Law Update 

Damon Bailey and Kristan McLeod (morning of May 1)

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. 

Session 2: Three Labour Law Topics

Drew Blaikie and Chantel Kassongo (afternoon of May 1)

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

Dan Scott and Jean Torrens (morning of May 2)

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

Kathryn Oviatt (Chair), Joel Michaud and Kara O'Halloran (afternoon of May 2) 

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

Total viewing time: 10 hours 5 min

Includes Virtual Binder with 160 pages of indepth coverage of all topics


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

TUITION for video/binder package

Registration for the video/binder package includes the 160-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.