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.
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
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