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 relevant 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
The Municipal Corporation of the City of Yellowknife and A.B. and The Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission, 2018 NWTSC 50
Alberta v Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, 2018 ABQB 221
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
March 19, 2019
Tips + Traps for Hearing Tribunal Members
Fair and effective professional discipline hearings are essential to the professional discipline process. They are the core of the “peer review” process and a crucial element of professional discipline. Members of the profession and the pub...
December 2018
2018 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
The third annual Field Law Post-Secondary Summit was held on November 29 in Edmonton, and was co-chaired by Greg Harding, QC and Derek Cranna. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the l...
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law...
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
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
October 2014
Duty to Accommodate Obligations in relation to Medical Education
December 2012
Labour Rights (panelist)
Summer 2011
Joint Submissions on Sanction: The Hearing Tribunal’s Role
Spring 2008
You Raise the Issue - Changing Employees Contracts
Question: I want to make changes to my employee’s employment contract. Can I do this? What do I need to know? Employers need to be careful about making any unilateral changes to an employee’s contract of employment. Generally spe...
Spring 2003
Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
University of Alberta, 2000, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1996, Bachelor of Commerce
Northwest Territories,2012