Hugh Dyer is a labour and employment lawyer with extensive experience in representing both private and public sector employers, responding to their need for practical, results-oriented legal advice. Hugh advises on issues that concern union and non-union employees, encompassing labour relations, negotiation and administration of collective agreements, human rights, employment standards, health and safety, and other employment matters.
Hugh frequently acts as employer counsel in grievance and interest arbitrations. He appears as counsel before the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Ontario Labour Relations Boards and before human rights, labour standards, and health and safety tribunals.
Hugh also advises his clients concerning the labour relations and employment issues arising in the context of commercial transactions, including the sale or purchase of a business.
Hugh’s private sector clients include a number of significant transportation and manufacturing enterprises. Within the public sector, he has special expertise in labour relations and employment matters relating to health care.
Hugh served on the Firm’s National Executive Committee for five years and was Managing Partner of the Toronto and Markham offices for two of those years. He is currently a national leader in labour relations and employment law for the firm.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Chambers Canada ranked lawyer, Employment & Labour, 2016 – 2019
- The Best Lawyers in Canada – Labour and Employment Law, 2015 – 2019
- Acritas Stars global survey of stand-out lawyers, 2018
- Chambers Global ranked lawyer, Employment & Labour, 2011 – 2018
- Presenter, “Fairness” in Human Rights Damages: A Review of the Fair Decision and Other Cases, Miller Thomson Seminar, Toronto, November 18, 2014
- Presenter, Employment Challenges for Corporate Counsel: Addressing Poor Performance by Employees, Miller Thomson Seminar, Toronto, October 22 2014
- Presenter, “Labour Relations in the Federal Sector,” Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations and Employment Law Conference, Toronto, April 24, 2014
- Lecturer on labour relations, human rights and other employment law issues to groups such as the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Transport Lawyers’ Association, the Ontario Trucking Association, the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aged, the Ontario School Bus Operators’ Association, the Ontario Police Association and various for-profit and non-profit organizations
- Co-author, Canadian Employment Law Fact Book
- Author, Papers concerning drug and alcohol testing, labour issues in commercial transactions, attendance management, health and safety and other employment issues
- “New Federal Government Proposes to Repeal Employees Voting Rights Act,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, March 2016
- “The Duty to Bargain in Good Faith Revisited,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, May 28, 2015
- “Federal Unjust Dismissal Process: Is an Evidentiary Hearing Required in ‘Without Cause’ Cases?” Labour and Employment Communiqué, March 31, 2015
- “Overhaul of the ‘Holiday Pay’ Rules Under the Canada Labour Code effective March 16, 2015,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, March 3, 2015
- “Unjust Dismissal Clarified: Without Cause Terminations not Prohibited by the Canada Labour Code,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, February 4, 2015
- “Employees’ Voting Rights Act Significantly Changes Federal Labour Relations,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, January 16, 2015
- “Mandatory Retirement Prohibited in the Federal Sector?” Labour and Employment Communiqué, November 6, 2009
- “Key Labour and Employment Law Advice for Purchasers in the Context of a ‘Sale of Business’”, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2009
- “The Global Workplace 101: Issues Facing Multinational Employers,” Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine, 2009
- “Directors’ Personal Liability For Unpaid Wages,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, December 10, 2008
- “Do Bargaining Unit Work Clauses Restrict the Re-Assignment of ‘Shared Functions’?” Labour and Employment Communiqué, May 29, 2003
- “Can an Employee on Long-Term Disability be Dismissed?” Labour and Employment Communiqué, July 11, 2002
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 1985
- LL.B. (with distinction), Western University, 1983
- B.A., Western University, 1980
Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2019
Miller Thomson earned a top “Band 1” ranking for two practice areas in the 2019 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded as being “leaders in the charitable sector,” and praised for their ability to “help find solutions in complex situations.” Our Agribusiness group...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...
Miller Thomson ranked in 2018 edition of Chambers Global
Miller Thomson has once again been ranked among leading firms for Labour & Employment in the 2018 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Business Lawyers. Each year, Chambers & Partners conducts extensive research of legal markets around the world...
Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2018
Miller Thomson earned a top Band 1 ranking for two practice areas in the 2018 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded for “its novel and innovative approach to complex matters arising within the charitable and non-profit market,”...
Miller Thomson recognized in Chambers Global 2017
Miller Thomson’s national Labour & Employment group has been named in the 2017 edition of Chambers Global, a ranking of the world’s leading lawyers and law firms. Chambers & Partners conducts extensive annual research of legal markets to identify the leading firms...
Eleventh edition of Sale of a Business published
The 11th edition of Sale of a Business by Jennifer Babe, a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Group in Miller Thomson’s Toronto office, has now been released. One of Canada’s leading commercial law practitioners, Babe has authored this...
Miller Thomson receives top honours in 2017 Chambers Canada guide
Thirteen Miller Thomson lawyers and four practice groups are named in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada. The guide ranks lawyers and law firms in over 40 specialist practice areas across Canada, based on client feedback, peer interviews and an assessment of...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
Miller Thomson receives top honours in Chambers Canada
Twelve Miller Thomson lawyers and four practice groups were ranked in the recently published first edition of the Chambers Canada Guide. The Guide ranks leading lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories across Canada, in over 40...
Chambers Global 2015 honours for Miller Thomson
Five Miller Thomson lawyers and two practice groups have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global, a ranking of the world’s leading lawyers and law firms. And for the first time, the firm’s offices in Saskatchewan are listed as an...
Hugh Dyer speaks at “Employment Issues Arising on the Purchase and Sale of a Business 2010: What Lawyers Need to Know” in Toronto on October 5th
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Hugh Dyer speaks on “Employment Issues Arising on the Purchase and Sale of a Business” at the Law Society Conference on October 6
Hugh Dyer will be speaking at a Lorman seminar titled “Employee Discharge and Documentation in Ontario.” on Jan. 20th.
Labour Relations & Employment Conference
Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations & Employment Law Group presents an all-day conference focussing on current labour and employment issues affecting organizations today. Special Guest Speakers: Bernard Fishbein, Chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board Wendy Mesley, Award-winning broadcast journalist SESSION TOPICS: National...
Arbitrator Clarifies Application of New Personal Emergency Leave Provisions
Ontario employers have been anxiously awaiting guidance from adjudicators concerning the interpretation of the amendments of the Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) introduced by Bill 148. In particular, many unionized employers have been concerned about the interaction of paid disability...
Ontario Government’s Proposed Changes to the Province’s Labour and Employment Laws
Introduction On May 23, 2017, the Final Report of the Changing Workplaces Review commissioned by the Ontario Government (the “Final Report”) was released for public consumption. As noted in our last communiqué, the Special Advisors made 173 recommendations on how...
Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review: Special Advisors’ Final Report
Introduction On May 23, 2017, the Final Report of the Changing Workplaces Review commissioned by the Ontario Government was released for public consumption. The Final Report is the culmination of over two years of consultation by the Special Advisors appointed...
Is a Subcontractor a Successor or Related Employer for Labour Relations Purposes?
Introduction In a recent decision, Molson Coors Canada, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) held that the subcontracting relationship between Molson Coors Canada (“MCC”) and Sherway Warehousing Inc. (“Sherway”) did not amount to a sale of business nor were...
Changing Workplaces Review: Special Advisors’ Interim Report
Introduction In February, 2015, the Ontario Government appointed Michael Mitchell, an arbitrator and formerly a prominent labour lawyer, and former Superior Court Justice John Murray as Special Advisors for the Government’s Changing Workplaces Review. Their mandate is to “make recommendations...
Is Medical Marijuana Covered by your Group Health Plan?
The use of marijuana for certain medical purposes has been legal in Canada for approximately 15 years. While the medical uses of marijuana and the regulation of its distribution are similar to the use and regulation of prescription drugs, medical...
New Federal Government Proposes to Repeal Employees Voting Rights Act
In our January 16, 2015 Communique, we advised you that the Federal Conservative Government of the day had passed the Employees’ Voting Rights Act (“EVRA”) which significantly changed the way in which unions acquire and lose bargaining rights in the...
The Duty to Bargain in Good Faith Revisited
The decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) in United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 175 and WHL Management Limited Partnership, 2014 CanLII 76990 (ON LRB) considers and, arguably, modifies the jurisprudence concerning the duty to bargain in...
Federal Unjust Dismissal Process: Is an Evidentiary Hearing Required in “Without Cause” Cases?
In our Labour and Employment Communiqué of February 4, 2015 titled “Unjust Dismissal Clarified: Without Cause Terminations Not Prohibited by the Canada Labour Code,” we reported on the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision in Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada....
Overhaul of the “holiday pay” rules under the Canada Labour Code effective March 16, 2015
There are major changes coming to the “holiday pay” rules for federally regulated employees. Under the current regime, holiday pay calculations vary based on how the employee is compensated. Also, to be eligible for holiday pay, an employee must have...
Skyline purchases Deerhurst Resort
Counsel to the vendor