John W. Saunders

John Saunders

Partner, Toronto

john-saunders@hicksmorley.com
Direct: 416.864.7247
Main: 416.362.1011
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Year of Call: Ontario, 1988
  • Biography

John Saunders is a senior labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. He has over three decades of experience advising employers on a wide range of labour and employment issues. John’s practice includes collective agreement negotiations, rights and interest arbitrations, human rights applications and wrongful dismissal litigation.

John has particular expertise in municipal law with regard to fire and paramedic issues. He provides ongoing negotiation advice to fire and paramedic departments on staffing, deployment, benefit issues, accommodation, mandatory retirement, presumptive disability legislation, negotiations and interest arbitrations. He has represented numerous municipalities and corporations in coroners’ inquests and judicial inquiries into fatalities.

In addition, John works with employers in the healthcare, manufacturing, waste disposal, forestry, nuclear, property assessment and call centre sectors.

John is the past chairman of the Board of Elders of his local church. He is an avid downhill skier and enjoys fixing things at his cottage.

Awards & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2006–2023)
Labour and Employment Law

Who’s Who Legal (2017–2018)
Labour & Employment Law

Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2014–2022)
Labour Relations (Repeatedly Recommended)

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (2014)
President’s Award

Memberships & Affiliations

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member

Canadian Bar Association – Member

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Law and Municipal Law sections)

Select Publications & Presentations

“How to Develop an Establishing and Regulating Bylaw” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Trade Show Conference (May 7, 2022)

“Working from Home is One Change that is Likely to Stay” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Virtual One-Day Symposium Series: Managing Change in Fluid Environments (May 14, 2021)

“Dealing with Picket Lines and Picket Injunctions” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (March 3, 2021)

“Labour Relations 101” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar (January 19–January 21, 2021)

“What is the Difference in Planning in a Right to Strike World versus an Interest Arbitration World?” and “How do you Prepare for a Labour Dispute?” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Virtual One-Day Symposium Series: Negotiations Strategies: Creating and Claiming Value (February 26, 2021)

“Managing your Fire Department during COVID-19” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (April 29, 2020)

“Urban Breakout Session: Staffing Issues” and “Suburban/Rural Breakout: Staffing Issues” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar (January 29, 2020)

“Public Sector Restructuring” 2019 Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association Fall Workshop (October 17, 2019)

“Council Gone Wild” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Fall Conference 2019 (September 10, 2019)

“Provincial Governance Review” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association One-Day Seminar (June 24, 2019)

“Labour Relations Certificate: Collective Bargaining” Ryerson University and Lancaster House (May 16, 2019)

“Annual Hicks Morley Legal Update” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Spring Workshop (April 10–12, 2019)

“Bill 47 & 57 Bootcamp” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Conference (February 12, 2019)

“Labour Relations 101” and “Urban Chiefs – Managing Your Service” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar (January 22–24, 2019)

“#MeToo for Employers” Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Education Conference (September 16, 2018)

“Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector” Emergency Services Steering Committee (May 25, 2018)

“Interest Arbitration Skills Enhancement Program” Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Arbitrators’ Association (April 13–14, 2018)

“Labour Relations Seminar” Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs’ Association (January 31, 2018)

“Fire, Police & Emergency Services Bargaining Trends” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar (January 17–18, 2018)

“Medical Marijuana in the Workplace” Toronto Labour, Arbitration and Policy Conference Lancaster House (December 7, 2017)

“Trends in Fire Negotiations Across Canada” Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia (June 8, 2017)

“Good Faith Bargaining, Freedom of Expression and Statutory Freezes” Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference, Lancaster House (December 2016)

“Firefighters Behaving Badly in a Social Media World” Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (September 26, 2016)

“Its Not Just the Rescue – The Role of Law and Communications in Major Incidents” Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (September 19, 2015)

“Legal Liability Following The Event” Durham Region 3P Symposium (October 30, 2015)

“Paramedic Negotiation Trends” Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (May 15, 2015)

“Negotiations in the Fire Sector” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (January 21, 2015)

Education

Queen’s University, LL.B.

University of Toronto, B.Sc. (Hons.)