Labour & Regulatory Services

Manitoba Labour Board Notice to the Community

Updated - September 7, 2021

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

POLICY RESPECTING ATTENDANCE AT THE MANITOBA LABOUR BOARD

PURPOSE

In order to continue to protect the health and safety of the Board’s staff, members, and the community they serve from the spread of COVID-19, this policy provides direction on the conditions under which individuals may attend the Board’s offices. Given that the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic and continuing to evolve, we likewise expect that this policy will change and evolve with the situation. This policy was developed following consultation with representatives of the labour relations community and members of the Board.

POLICY STATEMENT

All individuals attending at the Board’s offices must either (a) submit documentation showing that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or (b) provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from an approved testing facility, administered no more than 72 hours prior to attending. Any individual may request accommodation on the basis of a characteristic set out in The Human Rights Code, C.C.S.M. c. H175. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to comply with this policy may request to attend Board hearings or mediations using videoconferencing technology.

PROCEDURE

In the event that the Board directs that a matter should be scheduled for a hearing or mediation, it will conduct a case management conference with the parties to determine how the matter should proceed. The Board shall determine whether the hearing shall proceed in-person at the Board’s offices, via videoconference, or a combination (or “hybrid”) of these processes, in consultation with the parties. Similarly, where the Board appoints a representative to attempt to mediate a resolution to a case, the representative shall consult with the parties regarding how to proceed with the mediation.

In the event of an in-person hearing, hybrid hearing or an in-person mediation, the Board may request proof of vaccination or COVID-19 test results from all attendees in accordance with this policy.

In addition, all individuals attending the Board’s offices must adhere to all public health orders and guidelines, including those relating to masking and social distancing. In order to ensure social distancing, the Board may limit the number of people allowed in its hearing rooms.

Members of the public (including the media) who wish to observe the hearing may do so virtually by advising the Board in advance.



Colin S. Robinson
Chairperson


The Board is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to follow all public health orders.

 

Updated Guidelines for Videoconference Hearings - November 5, 2020

 

FILING OF DOCUMENTS BY EMAIL

The Manitoba Labour Board has restricted in person access to its offices. The Board accepts all correspondence, including applications, appeals, referrals and replies via e-mail on the appropriate forms where necessary. Please include the relevant case number(s) for identification, if available, and "Application" or "Reply" in the subject line of the e-mail.

An auto-reply will be sent back to the sender (once per business day) acknowledging receipt of the correspondence. If you don't receive the auto-reply acknowledgement within a reasonable period of time you should follow up with the Board's receptionist during regular business hours, by calling 204-945-3783 and requesting confirmation of receipt. Generally the Board is open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed General Holidays. Documents filed after 4:30 p.m. will be recorded as received on the next business day.

 

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