Hugh Dyer is a leading Canadian labour relations and employment lawyer at Miller Thomson, one of Canada's ten largest law firms.
A senior partner in the Labour Relations and Employment Group–widely recognized as one of the country's pre-eminent practices–Hugh is also the Managing Partner for the Firm's Toronto and Markham offices, which include 150 partners and associates.
Hugh's practice is focused on advising and representing employers in labour relations and employment-related matters. These matters 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 issues.
He frequently acts as employer counsel in grievance and interest arbitrations, and appears as counsel before the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Ontario Labour Relations Board, as well as before human rights, labour standards, and health and safety tribunals. Additionally, Hugh advises on labour relations and employment issues arising in the context of commercial transactions, including the sale or purchase of a business.
Hugh has extensive experience in representing both private and public sector clients. His private sector clients include a number of significant transportation and manufacturing enterprises. Within the public sector, his client base includes public hospitals and long-term care organizations.
An active writer and lecturer on topics impacting labour relations, human rights and employment law, Hugh has presented to a wide-range of groups. He has also written several papers on topics such as drug and alcohol testing, labour relations and employment issues in commercial transactions and health and safety issues. He is co-author of the Canadian Employment Law Factbook, a resource for essential facts and information concerning employment law.
Consistently ranked as a top employment and labour lawyer by Chambers Global since 2011, Hugh is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Counsel to the Employers. He earned an LL.B. with distinction from Western University in London, Ontario in 1983 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985.