Michael A. Hines

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Partner, Toronto

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Year of Call: Ontario, 1983
  • Biography

Michael Hines is a senior management-side labour lawyer working in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Michael has over 30 years of experience advising employers on all aspects of labour and human rights law.

In his practice, Michael has a particular focus on the school board and police sectors. Michael has acted as counsel to more than two-thirds of Ontario’s public school boards and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association on such matters as labour relations, teacher injunctions, school closures, teacher dismissals, board governance, equality rights and collective bargaining.

Michael has additional specialized experience in the steel manufacturing, forestry, municipal and news media sectors, and has been successful in a number of precedent-setting human rights decisions in the private sector. He is a frequent speaker on the duty of accommodation and constitutional law issues and, since 2014, has been an Adjunct Professor of Labour Law at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

Awards & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2014–2022)
Labour and Employment Law

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2013–2021)
Labour Relations (Consistently Recommended)

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2021)
Employment Law (Repeatedly Recommended)

Memberships & Affiliations

University Tribunal (Academic Discipline), University of Toronto – Co-Chair

University of Toronto Faculty of Law – Adjunct Professor

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Education Law sections), Former Chair (Education Law section)

Select Publications & Presentations

“Local Bargaining in 2019 – Keeping Your Own House in Order” Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium (April 4, 2019)

“What Constitutes ‘Reasonable Accommodations’ That Employers Must Make for Disabled Employees?” North American Association of Educational Negotiators 50th Annual Conference (March 13, 2019)

“Off Duty Conduct and Employee Discipline” North American Association of Educational Negotiators 50th Annual Conference (March 11, 2019)

“Trustees and the Law 101” Stronger Together Public Education Symposium 2019 (January 25, 2019)

“The Legislated Roles and Responsibilities of Catholic School Board Trustees” 2019 Catholic Trustees Seminar (January 18, 2019)

“Family Status: The Accommodation of Childcare Needs” Education Today, Vol 28/1 (2016)

“New Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines” Education Today, Vol 27/3 (2015)

“School Closures – Some questions answered” Education Today, Vol 27/2 (2015)

“The Legal Framework for the Early Learning Program” Education Today, Vol 22/2 (2010)

“School Closures in Ontario” Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law and Education (2004)


Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M.

University of Toronto, LL.B.

McMaster University, B.A.