Shannon Whyley


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Office: Saskatoon

Main: (306) 975-7105

Fax: (306) 975-7145

Education & Qualifications

  • Saskatchewan Bar (2008)
  • Ontario Bar (2005)
  • LLB with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 2004)
  • B.Comm. with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 2003)

With an educational background in Human Resource Management, Shannon Whyley brings a strong foundation to her labour and employment law practice. She resolves problems for employers and advocates on their behalf before courts and tribunals.

  • Acting for employers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors
  • Appearing before the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board on complex and highly-contested matters.
  • Conducting trials and labour arbitrations on behalf of employers with successful outcomes.
  • Assisting with applications for injunctive relief on behalf of several large, private-sector organizations.
  • Assisting employers with investigating workplace misconduct issues.
  • Navigating through harassment allegations and human rights complaints.
  • Advising employers on workplace privacy considerations in the digital age.

Shannon has spent over twelve years advising employers on legal issues affecting the workplace. Among her specialties are counselling employers on labour relations, collective agreement interpretation, discrimination and harassment, accommodation issues, restrictive covenants, severance, employment standards and issues involving privacy in the workplace.  She also represents employers in grievance arbitrations, human rights complaints, labour relations board matters and wrongful dismissal actions, and has appeared on their behalf before courts and tribunals in Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Shannon acts for both unionized and non-unionized employers.   She has represented small and medium-sized businesses, national and multi-national corporations, municipal clients, First Nations employers, and not-for-profit organizations.

Shannon is also a frequent public speaker at a wide variety of seminars and conferences involving workplace management issues. She majored in Human Resources Management during her undergraduate studies, and practiced management-side labour and employment law in Toronto for several years prior to returning to Saskatchewan to join the firm.

  • Board Member, CPHR Saskatchewan (2015-present)
  • Board Member, Albert Childcare Co-operative (2017-present)
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Saskatoon Working Group Volunteer, Saskatchewan Justicia Project, Law Society of Saskatchewan (2015-2016)
  • Member, Canadian Industrial Relations Association, Saskatoon Chapter
  • Vice Chair, Privacy and Access Law North (SK) Section, Canadian Bar Association (2011-2014)
  • Volunteer, Right to Know Committee(2011-2013)
  • Volunteer, Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC) (2010)
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Law Ontario (2008)
  • Co-presenter, “Saskatchewan Labour Arbitration Update” and “Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board Update,” The 24th Annual Saskatchewan Labour Law Review (Saskatoon, 2018)
  • “Dazed and Confused: Straight Answers for Safe and Healthy Workplaces in the Age of Legal Marijuana,” Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, Northern Light Chapter (Saskatoon, 2018)
  • Co-presenter, “Managing Performance of Employees with Mental Health and Addiction Disabilities,” The 12th Annual CPHR Saskatchewan Provincial Conference (Regina, 2018)
  • “Working 9 to 5 in 2018, and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” Bar Notes, Summer 2018 Volume 32.3
  • “Social Media and the Workplace: How Employees can Like, Share or Tweet their Way out of a Job”, MLT Aikins Labour Update (Saskatoon, 2018; Winnipeg, 2017); MLT Aikins Aboriginal Employment Law Update (Saskatoon, 2017)
  • “How are your Employees? Accommodating Mental Health in the Workplace”, Conference Board of Canada (Saskatoon, 2018)
  • Co-presenter, “The Year’s Top Accommodation Cases”, The 2018 Accommodation Law Conference (Saskatoon, 2018)
  • “This is a Vape-Free Zone: Creating a Workplace Policy for the New Smoking”, HR Saskatchewan Magazine (Fall/Winter 2017)
  • Co-presenter, “The Duty to Accommodate”, CBA Mid-Winter Meeting (Saskatoon, 2017)
  • “Open Forum,” MLT Labour Update (Saskatoon, 2017, 2015 and 2014)
  • Co-presenter, “Grievance Allowed…or Denied”, The 22nd Annual Saskatchewan Labour Law Review (Saskatoon, 2016)
  • “Social Media, Privacy and Workplace Monitoring: Labour and Employment Law in the Digital Age,” Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals (Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and Yorkton, 2016)
  • Co-presenter, “Employees Gone Wild,” “What Should be in Every Last-chance Agreement,” “Accommodating Medical Marijuana and Other Prescription Drugs” and “Ten Ways to Speed Up the Accommodation Process,” The 21st Annual Saskatchewan Labour Law Review (Saskatoon, 2015)
  • Co-presenter, “Preparing for Arbitration,” Edwards School of Business HR Students’ Society (Saskatoon, 2015)
  • “Sale of a Business: Key Labour and Employment Law Issues,” Canadian Bar Association Business Law North Section (Saskatoon, 2015)
  • “Proactive Steps to Assist with Disputes and Litigation,” MLT HR Professionals Seminar (Saskatoon, 2015)
  • “Jurisdiction over First Nations Employment and Labour Relations,” MLT Aboriginal Employment Law Update (Saskatoon, 2015)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Grievance Arbitration,” Saskatchewan Regional Colleges HR Group (Manitou Beach, 2015)
  • “‘I Spy’ – Workplace Monitoring and Employees’ Reasonable Expectations of Privacy,” Law Society of Saskatchewan, An Update on Privacy & Access Law (Saskatoon and Regina, 2015)
  • “The Duty to Accommodate: Making Sense of the Law on Managing Disabilities in the Workplace,” WCB Compensation Institute (Saskatoon, 2015)
  • “Social Media and Privacy: What Employers and Employees Need to Know,” Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals (Saskatoon, 2015)
  • “Legal Framework in Human Resources,” Edwards School of Business (Saskatoon, 2014)
  • “Wrongful Dismissal Update,” Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association (Saskatoon, 2013)
  • Co-presenter, “Finding the Balance…Evaluating an Employee’s Privacy versus the Employer’s Right and Obligation to Manage the Workplace Safely and Effectively,” Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals (Saskatoon, 2013)
  • “Labour Relations Board Update,” MLT Labour Update (2013)
  • “The Duty to Accommodate,” WCB Compensation Institute (Saskatoon, 2013)
  • Co-presenter, “Mental Health in the Workplace,” Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals (Swift Current, 2013)
  • “Employment Contracts,” HR Forum/Innovation Place (Saskatoon, 2013)
  • Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association Prize (2004)
  • Walter and Hertha Tucker Fellowship (2004)
  • Donald McLean Prize in Constitutional Law (2003)