Ayla Akgungor

Ayla Akgungor: Attorney with Field Law


Ayla Akgungor focuses her practice on labour and employment law, human rights and professional regulation, appearing before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Court of Appeal and several administrative tribunals. Her clients are focused primarily in the public, education, health care and non-for profit sectors.

I have an easy-going, collaborative approach, making sure that my clients feel that I understand their goals and concerns and that I take their input into the development of a resolution. It helps get more creative ideas on the table.

This is especially important in working with workplace investigations, professional discipline and human rights claims, where I may be working with non-lawyers on complex legal issues.

Ayla often represents clients before administrative panels. These include the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards, The School Act Board of Reference, the Employment Insurance Board of Referees and Umpire, Canada Labour Code adjudicators and professional discipline tribunals. She also frequently provides training on labour and employment, human rights and professional regulatory issues.

Ayla is a member of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and has appeared on human rights matters before the Northwest Territories Supreme Court and the Northwest Territories Court of Appeal. She clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal before joining Field Law.

Outside of Work

Ayla, her husband and their daughters love to travel...particularly if there's water and warm temperatures involved. The availability of zip lines is another plus.


Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Ayla:

Family Status Accommodation Seminars Field Law Guests November/December 2016
From Conflict to Calm: Dealing with High-Conflict Behavior in the Workplace: Questions and Legal Issues about Workplace Conflict Lancaster House Skills Training Series June 2016
Human Rights: 5 Top Cases from 2015 Canadian Bar Association Human Rights and Constitutional Section March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review HR and Industry Professionals January - March 2016
Workplace Harassment: Best Practices for Employers Human Resources Industry Association, Human Resources Law Conference February 2016
Is your Workplace Toxic? Field Law Clients and Guests October 2015
Labour, Employment and WCB Legal Education Society of Alberta Seminar on Business Law Basics for Junior Solicitors November 2014
Duty to Accommodate Obligations in relation to Medical Education Western Canadian Medical Schools Annual Conference October 2014
Labour and Employment: 2013 Year in Review HR and Industry Professionals January 2014
The Duty to Accommodate Alberta Teachers Association Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Conference March 2014
Family Status Accommodation Lorman Seminar on Human Rights and Workplace Privacy June 2013
Informal Resolution of Complaints Field Law Clients and Guests May 2013
Family Status Accommodation Lancaster House Labour Arbitration conference May 2013
Labour Rights (panelist) The Gall Conference - The State of Human Rights in Alberta December 2012
Round Table Discussion: Human Rights Issues for Regulators Field Law Clients and Guests November 2012
Round Table Discussion: Special Guest Peter Hourihan (Alberta Ombudsman) Field Law Clients and Guests September 2012
Bad Faith Damages in the Manner of Dismissal Lorman Seminar on Employee Discharge and Documentation February 2012
Selected Topics in Employment Law Private Career Development Contractors Associations of Alberta April 2011
Legal Issues for School Administrators - Bullying Alberta Teachers' Association April 2011
Aggravated Damages in Employment Law Lorman Employee Discharge and Documentation Seminar Attendees February 2011
Legal Information for Small Business Success Hinton Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Invitees October 2010

Published Works


Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Editor) Carswell 1999


Canada Labour Code Clarified: Supreme Court Rules That Non-Unionized Employees Can Only Be Dismissed with Cause Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) August 2016
Joint Submissions on Sanction: The Hearing Tribunal's Role Perspectives for the Professions Summer 2011
The Ties That Bind: An Employer's Guide to Accommodating Family Obligations in the Workplace Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Winter 2011
Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators Perspectives for the Professions Fall 2010
Case Update: Dickson v. Canadore College Field Notes June 2008
You Raise the Issue - Changing Employees Contracts Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Spring 2008
An Update on Remedies for Wrongful Dismissal Legal Education Society of Alberta 2005
Personal Appearance in the Workplace: Considerations for Employers Calgary Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference 2004
Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Spring 2003

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Labour and Employment
  • Professional Regulatory
  • Administrative
  • Privacy
  • Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 9595  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, 1996
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 2000
Year of First admission:
2001, Alberta; 2012, Northwest Territories

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North) Co-Chair 2004-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North) Member
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Privacy Law Section (North) Member
Law Society of Alberta Member

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Ayla and are representative of Ayla's experience. NWT (WCB) v. Mercer, 2014 NWTCA 1 2014 NWTCA 1 Northwest Territories Court of Appeal 2014; WCB v. Mercer et al. 2012 NWTSC 78 Supreme Court of Northwest Territories 2012; Mercer v. WCB et al 2012 NWTSC 58 Supreme Court of Northwest Territories 2012; WCB v. Mercer et al 2012 NWTSC 57 Supreme Court of Northwest Territories 2012

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