Jana Linner




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Education & Qualifications

  • Saskatchewan Bar (2009)
  • LLB with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 2008)
  • B.Admin. with great distinction (Regina, 2005)

Jana’s athletic background contributes to her strong work ethic in all aspects of her law practice. She advises and represents public and private sector employers on labour, employment and human rights issues.

Jana focuses on labour and employment and human rights law, representing public and private sector employers in a wide variety of industries. She provides practical strategic advice on all matters relating to federal and provincial labour and employment law, including, among other issues, collective agreement negotiation and interpretation, employment standards, the drafting and implementation of employment contracts and workplace policies, advising on disciplinary matters and terminations, navigating human rights, harassment and accommodation situations, and defending employers facing litigation. She regularly acts for unionized and non-unionized employers and has extensive experience representing rural and urban municipalities on labour and employment matters.

Jana has represented clients at all levels of Saskatchewan courts, as well as the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards and various administrative boards and tribunals. She clerked with the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench.

  • Acts for private and public employers throughout Saskatchewan in a variety of sectors including mining, manufacturing, construction, municipalities, health care, education, non-profits and retail, among others.
  • Vice-president, Canadian Bar Association Board of Directors, Saskatchewan Branch (present)
  • Saskatchewan Director, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (present)
  • Treasurer, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch (2019-2021)
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) (2010-present)
  • Education Director, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch (2019)
  • Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, 2018 Mid-Winter Meeting Planning Committee
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, Mid-Winter Meeting Planning Committee (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020)
  • Director, Regina Sports Hall of Fame (2009-2015)
  • Director, Regina Bar Association (2009-2014)
  • Editor, Saskatchewan Law Review (2007-2008)
  • Presenter, “Handling Harassment in a Municipal Workplace,” Municipalities of Saskatchewan Workshop: Harassment and Disputes: How to Handle Conflict in Your Municipality (May 2021)
  • Panellist, “Getting to the Finish Line: Vaccination Policies for Workplace Liabilities,” Joint Presentation for the Canadian Bar Association’s British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Branches (April 2021)
  • Author, “Clear, unambiguous language needed to limit bonus entitlements during reasonable notice,” Special Report: Canadian HR Reporter: 2021 Legal Guide (January 2021)
  • Presenter, “Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Business Event Industry,” Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Ottawa-Gatineau Tête-à-Tête (February 2021)
  • Panellist, “Top 10 COVID-19 Questions,” CPHR Saskatchewan Virtual Conference (March 2021)
  • Panellist, “Sexual Harassment and the Workplace: Trauma-informed approaches to investigation and litigation,” Lancaster House’s 38th Annual Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference (June 2020)
  • Author, “Sleuthing Job Applicants’ Social Media: Proceed with Caution,” HR Saskatchewan Magazine, a publication by for Human Resource Professionals by CPHR Saskatchewan (Spring/Summer 2020)
  • Panellist, “Reefer Rentals, Cannabis Criminals and Weedy Workplaces: The Straight Dope on Legal Cannabis in a variety of contexts,” CBA Saskatchewan 2020 Mid-Winter Meeting (January 2020)
  • Presenter, “Cannabis in the Workplace,” Regina District Association of Rural Municipalities 95thAnnual Convention, (January 2020)
  • Presenter, “Clearing the Smoke: Dealing with Cannabis in the Workplace,” Women in Leadership Forum – Breaking Barriers, FCI-CWI (October 2019)
  • Presenter, “Handling Harassment in the Municipal Workplace,” Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) (October 2019)
  • Panellist, “Is this really happening? A Cross-Canada Review of the Top Issues and Trends in Employment Law,” Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (Ottawa, September 2019)
  • Panellist, “Ethical Considerations in Admin and Labour Law,” The Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, Administrative & Labour Law South Section (September 2019)
  • Presenter, “Weed at Work — Is your Organization Prepared?” Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce (Swift Current, June 2019)
  • Presenter, “Weed at Work: Where are we now?” Ministry of Justice Legal Services Division Rally (Moose Jaw, June 2019)
  • Author, “The #Metoo Movement: One Year Later,” CPHR Alberta Digital Winter Issue
  • Author, “So We Hired An Axe Murderer: What Criminal Record Checks Can and Can’t Do For Your Organization,” BarNotes, a publication of the Canadian Bar Association – Saskatchewan
  • Presenter, “Weed at Work – Is Your Organization Prepared?” Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Saskatchewan
  • Panellist, “Managing Performance of Employees with Mental Health and Addiction Disabilities,” 12th Annual Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Saskatchewan Provincial Conference
  • Presenter, “Legal Marijuana: Getting Your Workplace Policies Right,” Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities  Association (SUMA)
  • Presenter, “Is your workplace ready for the legalization of marijuana?”, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities  Association (SUMA)
  • Presenter, “Social Media and the Workplace: How Employee’s Can Like, Share or Tweet Their Way Out of a Job”, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Saskatchewan
  • Presenter, “Cannabis in the Workplace – What you should know”, Building Owners and Managers Association of Regina
  • Panelist, “Drug & Alcohol Policies and Marijuana in the Workplace”, OHS Investigations and Workplace Safety Law Seminar
  • Presenter, “Human Resources: What’s your Process?” Virtus Group LLP’s Private Business Speaker Series
  • Presenter, “Legal Marijuana: Issues for the Workplace” Heavy Construction Safety Association of Saskatchewan
  • Presenter, “Health Care Legal Update,” Provincial Affiliate Resource Group (PARG) Meeting
  • “’Twas the Night Before Christmas – You’re Fired Edition,” Bar Notes, a publication of the Canadian Bar Association – Saskatchewan
  • Presenter, “Human Resources: What’s your Process?” Virtus Group LLP’s NPO Breakfast Series
  • Presenter, “The Human Rights Duty to Accommodate,” Western Canada Police Labour Conference
  • Panellist, “Balancing Attendance Management, Accommodation and Return to Work: Advanced Skills Training,” Lancaster House
  • Panellist, “Workplace Update,” Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (Halifax)
  • Panellist, “Summary and Repercussions of Leading Arbitration and Labour Board Cases in Western Canada,” Western Canada Labour and Employee Relations Forum (Vancouver)
  • “Amendments to The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code,” CBA Administrative Law Section Newsletter
  • “Amendments to The Construction Industry Labour Relations Act, 1992,” The Saskatchewan Advocate
  • A leading practitionerEmployment Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Rising Stars Award, Lexpert (2020)
  • Team Member, University of Regina Cougars Basketball (2001-2005)
    • CIS All-Canadian (2005)
    • CIS Academic All-Canadian (2001-2005)
    • CIAU National Champion (2001)
  • University of Regina President’s Award – Awarded to a student-athlete for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and community involvement (2005)