Dolores Barbini is a management-side labour, employment and human rights lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She advises employers in both the public and private sectors with respect to their union and non-union workforces. Dolores appreciates how important it is to know each client’s business and understand the uniqueness of each workplace. She understands that proactive advice, training and education can provide the most cost-effective results for clients.
Dolores has appeared in hundreds of hearings in various forums including grievance and interest arbitrations, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Social Justice Tribunal), the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Child and Family Services Review Board. Her practice focuses on labour arbitrations in all areas including collective agreement interpretation, discipline and dismissal, management rights, absenteeism management, accommodation, workplace violence and job evaluation. Dolores regularly provides advice and assistance to employers in the areas of human rights, notice terminations and dismissals for cause, policy development, restructuring and employment standards.
Dolores is currently the chair of the firm’s School Board Practice Group and is counsel to many school boards across the province. She is a regular presenter at school board conferences held by OPSBA, OCSTA, OCSOA and OCSBOA, and has presented at Ontario Bar Association/Canadian Corporate Counsel Association co-sponsored events.
Dolores is particularly alive to the unique dynamics that come into play for publicly funded organizations that have statutory duties and obligations in the fulfillment of their mandates, and that must be accountable to stakeholders, community members and the public at large. She understands that principles of transparency, fairness, integrity and trust are cornerstones of public-sector employers.
When she’s not working, Dolores enjoys spending time with her family and watching her kids grow into amazing people.
Education Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Membership Associations Mining & Natural Resources Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Professional & Technical Services Retail & Wholesale Trade School Boards Technology
Awards & Recognition
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2017–2022)
Labour Relations (Repeatedly Recommended)
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment and Education Law sections)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Labour Arbitration Advocacy: Focus on Evidence” The Advocates’ Society (March 1, 2019)
“Preparing for Ontario Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017” INFONEX Professional Development (November 21–22, 2017)
“Strategies for Operating in the New Environment” Preparing for Ontario Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 (November 21–22, 2017)
Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.