Ayla Akgungor
Ayla Akgungor
Practice Group Leader
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Ayla Akgungor is the Practice Group Leader for Field Law's Labour and Employment Group in Edmonton. She 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.

Ayla often represents clients before administrative tribunals. 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.

Value to Clients

"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."

Outside the Office

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

Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Pro Bono Students Canada Human Rights Project
Supervising Lawyer
2013 - Present
Glenora Child Care Society
Board Member (Treasurer + Vice President)
2008 - 2011
NWT (WCB) v. Mercer, 2014 NWTCA 1, 2014 NWTCA 1, Northwest Territories Court of Appeal
Mercer v. WCB et al, 2012 NWTSC 58, Supreme Court of Northwest Territories
WCB v. Mercer et al, 2012 NWTSC 57, Supreme Court of Northwest Territories
WCB v. Mercer et al., 2012 NWTSC 78, Supreme Court of Northwest Territories
October 2017
Times They Are A Changin': Drastic Changes to Alberta's Work Laws Are Upon Us
The provincial government's new Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act has introduced profound changes to Alberta's Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Some changes are already in effect, and some come into effect on January 1...
June 2017
Discussion of the Edmonton School District No. 7 v. Dorval Decision
A discussion of what kind of flexibility do educators have to disagree with administration before it turns into insubordination? Do school educators have academic freedom and if so, how far does it go?
April 2017
Family Status Accommodation: Where Are We Now?
November - December 2016
Family Status Accommodation Seminars
August 2016
Canada Labour Code Clarified: Supreme Court Rules That Non-Unionized Employees Can Only Be Dismissed with Cause
June 2016
From Conflict to Calm: Dealing with High-Conflict Behaviour in the Workplace: Questions and Legal Issues about Workplace Conflict
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
March 2016
Human Rights: 5 Top Cases from 2015
February 2016
Workplace Harassment: Best Practices for Employers
October 2015
Is your Workplace Toxic?
November 2014
Labour, Employment and WCB
October 2014
Duty to Accommodate Obligations in relation to Medical Education
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
March 2014
The Duty to Accommodate
June 2013
Family Status Accommodation
May 2013
Family Status Accommodation
May 2013
Informal Resolution of Complaints
December 2012
Labour Rights (panelist)
November 2012
Round Table Discussion: Human Rights Issues for Regulators
September 2012
Round Table Discussion: Special Guest Peter Hourihan (Alberta Ombudsman)
February 2012
Bad Faith Damages in the Manner of Dismissal
Summer 2011
Joint Submissions on Sanction: The Hearing Tribunal’s Role
April 2011
Legal Issues for School Administrators - Bullying
April 2011
Selected Topics in Employment Law
February 2011
Aggravated Damages in Employment Law
Fall 2010
Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators
October 2010
Legal Information for Small Business Success
Spring 2008
You Raise the Issue - Changing Employees Contracts
June 2008
Case Update: Dickson v. Canadore College
February 2005
The Year in Review - Edmonton
An Update on Remedies for Wrongful Dismissal
Personal Appearance in the Workplace: Considerations for Employers
Spring 2003
Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
October 2002
Presentation On Occupational Health & Safety
Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Editor)
University of Alberta, 2000, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1996, Bachelor of Commerce
Northwest Territories,2012