Labour Relations 2013

Course Date: September 25, 2013

Welcome and Introduction

Sandra I. Banister, QC — Banister & Company, Vancouver
Charles G. Harrison — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver


  • video surveillance and the Northstar Aerospace case
  • personal use of workplace computers
  • GPS automated devices
  • practice tips

Theodore C. Arsenault — Shortt & Arsenault, Vancouver
Christopher J. Wiebe — Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, Kelowna 

Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policies and Procedures

  • Bill 14
  • why it is now advisable to have policies
  • best practices

William A. Duvall — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster, Vancouver 

Networking Break

Labour and the Courts: Recent Developments

  • how deep is the deference of court to labour tribunals?
  • predicting for your client when it will be worth taking a decision to court
  • what grounds tend to succeed?
  • what other factors are persuasive?
  • what are the downsides?
  • strategic advantages to taking a case to court

Craig D. Bavis — Victory Square Law Office LLP, Vancouver
Matthew Cooperwilliams — Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver
Elena F. Miller — Legal Counsel, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, Vancouver

Practice Management and other Developments of the Board

  • Labour Relations Board timelines
  • administrative changes
  • practical tips

Ken Saunders — Registrar, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)
Drug and Alcohol Testing

  • Suncor Energy case in Alberta
  • Irving Pulp and Paper case in New Brunswick

E. Murphy Fries — Koskie Glavin Gordon, Vancouver
Peter A. Gall, QC — Heenan Blaikie LLP, Vancouver

A Different Approach to Drug and Alcohol Testing: One Industry’s Answer

  • drug and alcohol testing policy at work in the union construction sector

Dave Earle — Director, Human Resource Services & Government Relations, Construction Labour Relations Association of BC, New Westminster

Networking Break

Analyzing the Duty of Fair Representation

  • what is the proper jurisdiction for a duty of fair representation complaint: the court, the Human Rights Tribunal, or the labour board?
  • what is and isn’t properly included in the scope of a duty of fair representation complaint against the union?
  • employer’s perspective on the duty of fair representation
  • what steps do unions need to take to prevent or avoid an unfair labour practice complaint?
  • how should a union respond to allegations that a grievance has been mishandled?
  • what a union needs to do to defend against an unfair labour practice complaint

Sebastien Anderson — Labour Rights Law Office, Coquitlam
Clayton A. Jones — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver  

Labour Law Update

  • key cases
  • analysis and trends

Delayne M. Sartison, QC — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver 
David W. Tarasoff — Hastings Labour Law Office LLP, Vancouver