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Jeff Palamar

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Services provided by Jeffrey J. Palamar Law Corporation.

Education
ADMITTED TO THE BAR:
  • University of Manitoba (B.A., 1981; LL.B., 1984)

Since 2008, Jeff has been listed among the peer-selected  Best Lawyers™ in Canada in labour and employment law. He practices primarily in the areas of labour relations, employment law, human rights and dispute resolution, usually representing employers. He works in all matters related to the workplace including counsel in collective bargaining, drafting employment contracts and policies, management of employees, workplace safety and health disputes, privacy matters, human rights and accommodation issues, discrimination and harassment claims and wrongful or unjust dismissal claims as well as interest and rights arbitrations.

Jeff receives appointments and serves as arbitrator under collective agreements (being on the List of Arbitrators maintained by the Manitoba Labour Board and also named by some parties themselves in their collective agreements), an adjudicator or referee under the Canada Labour Code, or as an arbitrator under the Sport Dispute Resolution Code of Canada.

He is an educator too, having taught Human Resource Legislation at the University of Manitoba for many years and regularly serving as a speaker at Law Society, Bar Association and various other training and educational seminars. He presently teaches Employment Law at the University of Manitoba’s law school.

Jeff is a past Chair of the Board of Directors for Sport Manitoba and has been a long-time volunteer with the United Way of Winnipeg, most recently serving on Cabinet as Co-Chair of Professions. He was honoured to be selected 4 times as Team Canada’s Ombudsperson with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, Vancouver/Whistler, London and Sochi. More recently he has been a fundraiser for and performer in the annual co-production between the Manitoba Bar Association and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Jeff is a member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, which is the leading management-side labour and employment lawyers organization uniquely in Canada.  Taylor McCaffrey LLP is also the exclusive Manitoba member of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest and leading management side network of labour and employment lawyers with selected members literally world-wide.

Education

  • Alliance Française (2008 to present)
  • Collège Universitaire de Saint Boniface, CLIC (culturel, linguistique intégration dans la communauté) (2006, 2007 et 2008)
  • Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Manitoba, Inc. Intensive Arbitration Course (2005)
  • Civil Law/Common Law Exchange, Université de Sherbrooke and Dalhousie University (1983)

Memberships and Professional Designations

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member, 1986 to present
  • Manitoba Bar Association, Manitoba Bar Council Life Member
  • Association des juristes d’expression française du Manitoba Inc., 2008 to present
  • Taylor McCaffrey is the exclusive Manitoba member of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest and leading management side network of labour and employment lawyers with selected members literally worldwide
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) 2006 to present – the leading management-side labour and employment lawyers organization in Canada

Positions

  • Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, Arbitrator, 2014 to present
  • Human Resources Skills Development Canada, Adjudicator and Referee (Canada Labour Code) 2010 to present
  • Sport Manitoba, Board Of Directors, 2008 to 2017, Chair 2013 to 2017
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee, Team Canada Mission Staff, Athlete Ombudsperson, 2008 Paralympic Summer Games (Beijing, China); 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver/Whistler, Canada); 2012 Paralympic Summer Games (London, England); 2014 Paralympic Winter Games (Sochi, Russia)
  • United Way of Winnipeg, 1989 to 2017, Cabinet, Co-Chair of Professions, 2015 to 2017
  • Employment Law Alliance, Primary Contact, present
  • Labour and Employment Group, Practice Group Leader, present
  • Manitoba Bar Association/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Annual Lawyers Play, Fundraiser and Performer, present

Recognitions

Jeff Palamar was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020 in the fields of Labour and Employment Law.

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Articles and Resources by Jeff Palamar

Resources by Jeff Palamar
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Employer Considerations on Termination of Employment

2019 | 07 | 30

The best time for an employer to get legal advice on termination of employment issues is before hiring the employee. The second best time is before the termination actually takes place.

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Stocks, Lies and No Videotape (But a Great Story for a Movie)

2018 | 11 | 05

The Manitoba Court of Appeal recently issued its decision In Warkentin v BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. et al, 2018 MBCA 22, where an investment advisor who had been dismissed from his employment, without cause, accused his former employer and its general manager of deceit and bad faith.

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Accommodation of Mental Health Issues and Safety of Others in the Workplace; Finding the Balance

2018 | 07 | 23

Reasonable accommodation to the point of undue hardship as required by human rights legislation is all about compromises.  Often there is a legal requirement for employers to compromise with lessened productivity or by paying more to get the work done.