Amanda J. Hunter
I have been practicing labour and employment law for more than 20 years. I love the challenge of making the increasingly complex legal obligations of employers understandable and workable. Relationships are key in this area of the law. I like to consider multiple perspectives and find creative ways to solve problems that meet the interests of all stakeholders. At the same time, I recognize that some conflict can only be managed through litigation. As an advocate, I value efficiency and try to find strategies that minimize cost without compromising the result.
I am frequently sought out for my knowledge and expertise regarding minimum standards legislation. I enjoy the process of working through statutes and regulations to figure out how to apply them in practice. The more technical and complicated, the better.
I have advised both private and public employers with clients in different industries and sectors including manufacturing, financial services, technology, municipalities, hospitals and education.
I have litigated before all levels of Court in Ontario and appeared before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Grievance Settlement Board and labour arbitrators.
I pride myself on learning the ins and outs of every organization that I represent and that healthy curiosity allows me to understand the context for my advice. I am known for my responsiveness and excellent client service which has helped me foster client relationships that have lasted decades.
- Successfully represented a hospital in a grievance arbitration regarding the termination of a long service employee for inappropriate access of medical records. Grievance dismissed.
- Represented employer in 2019 Ontario Court of Appeal decision confirming that reasonable notice is capped at 24 months unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Advised and represented hospitals through the process under the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act
- Successfully argued at grievance arbitration that a hospital can consolidate back office functions to a single location following a merger and reassign employees to that work location.
- Represented a private sector manufacturing employer in grievance arbitration regarding termination of employment and successfully argued that there was just cause for termination due to sabotage.
- Advocated at arbitration that public holidays provided under a collective agreement were a greater right or benefit under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 even with Bill 148 amendments.
- Successfully argued that severance was not owing where a sessional University employee chose not to exercise the right of first refusal to teach courses.
- Established at arbitration that severance and notice pay can be pro-rated for general interest instructors who only work intermittently during the calendar year.
- Advised a post-secondary education client through a complex historical workplace harassment issue involving multiple respondents and complainants.
Recent Appearances and Publications
- Lancaster House Flashpoints in University and College Labour Law: Contract and Term Appointments, Evaluation, Discipline, Harassment and more (March 25, 2021)
- HRPA Toronto Chapter LegalEase conference (December 9, 2020)
- International Employment Law Reality Check During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Jurisdiction-specific snapshots - American Bar Association International Law Section (July 22, 2020)
- Six minute Employment Lawyer - Law Society of Ontario - Executive Compensation Plans and the Duty to Notify (June 29, 2020) - Download Article
- Getting Back to Work in the COVID-19 Era - Benefits and Pensions Monitor (June 2020 Issue) - Download Article
Called to bar - Ontario 1999
University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Laws
University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts
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