Recognized since 2008 by his peers in labour and employment law in Best Lawyers in Canada.

Also practices in areas of civil litigation, administrative law, human rights, sports law and dispute resolution.


  • Admitted to the Bar, 1986, Manitoba.


  • University of Manitoba (B.A., 1981; LL.B., 1984).
  • 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).
  • Certificate in French Immersion, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1982).


  • 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.
  • Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers, 2006 to present.


  • 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

Articles by Jeff Palamar

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

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. …

Attention All Federally Regulated Employers – Your World “Just” Got More Complicated

The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued a significant decision impacting federally regulated employers. In Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, the Supreme Court confirmed that employees covered by Division XIV of the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) have…

Termination Clause in Agreement Struck Down

Regular employees may be terminated at any time without cause upon being given the minimum period of notice prescribed by applicable legislation, or by being paid salary in lieu of such notice or as may otherwise be required by applicable legislation.

Alcohol Abuse and Accommodation

Under human rights legislation, alcoholism is treated as a disability which warrants accommodation to the point of undue hardship.