Jim Hayes became a full-time mediator / arbitrator after spending a year as a Vice Chair at the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Prior to becoming a neutral, Jim represented clients for over thirty years in labour relations matters across Canada. He also represented the National Hockey League Players Association before arbitrators in the United States. Jim was a founding partner of the Cavalluzzo labour law firm in 1983.

As a neutral Jim serves on the Player Agent Arbitration Panel of the Major League Baseball Players Association and as a panel Arbitrator under numerous major collective agreements including:  Vale Canada/USWA Locals 6200 and 6500; University of Toronto/CUPE; Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology/OPSEU (Faculty Agreement); Nuclear Waste Management Ontario/PWU (Chief Arbitrator); Residential Framers Association/LIUNA; Masonry Contractors Association/LIUNA; Ontario Power Generation/PWU; Bell Canada/Unifor; London Health Sciences Centre/Unifor; Ontario Power Generation/Society of United Professionals; Utility Contractors Association/LIUNA; York University Faculty Association/York University; Osgoode Hall Faculty Association/York University.

Professionally, Jim received the preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named by his peers year after year as a leading labour lawyer in such publications as: Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers; Chambers Global;  Lexpert Canadian Directory (most frequently recommended);  Best Lawyers in Canada.   He is a past Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario).

Jim received his law degree from the University of Toronto Law School following graduate work at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University.

He served as a member of the Board of Governors of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning for consecutive three year terms.

Jim is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (USA) and a member of the Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators’ Association.

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