Air Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dec 12, 2017Contract
Being part of Air Canada is to become part of an iconic Canadian symbol, recently ranked the best Airline in North America. Let your career take flight by joining our diverse and vibrant team at the leading edge of passenger aviation. We are looking for an intermediate-level lawyer to join our team in Montreal for a twelve-month period, commencing early February 2018. Candidates should have between 4 and 8 years’ experience in occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation law. Reporting to the Assistant General Counsel – Labour and Employment Law, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following: Occupational Health and Safety Providing advice on Part II of the Canada Labour Code, including the applicable obligations to maintain a safe workplace, the establishment and functioning of health and safety committees and the role of the employer and unions vis-à-vis the committees; Providing advice on and negotiating Assurances of Voluntary Compliance with officials; Providing compliance advice on, and drafting responses, to directions of Part II Health and Safety Officers and researching, drafting and filing appeals or responses to appeals of those directions; Representing the company in: appeals before Part II Appeals Officers; health and safety-related reprisal and unfair labour practice complaints before the Canada Industrial Relations Board; health and safety-related grievances before grievance arbitrators; and any associated judicial review proceedings. Workers’ Compensation Providing advice on managing workers’ compensation risks and files and the legal framework for compensation. Representing the Company in workers’ compensation claims before the appropriate tribunals and courts and/or managing the work of outside legal counsel providing those services. Qualifications The selected candidate will have acquired solid and specialized experience at a major firm or in-house law department and a membership in a Canadian bar are required. adaptability and flexibility to work effectively in a context of rapid change, shifting priorities, and conflicting demands, embracing new ideas and adjusting to a variety of situations and individuals; solid decision-making ability, by identifying, defining and assessing all relevant factors and weighing alternative courses of action, and effective judgment under adverse conditions (time constraints, pressure, limited information); capacity to work under pressure, displaying strength and composure in stressful situations; ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, to develop strong co-operative relationships and to convey a shared sense of direction; ability to be creative, analyse fact patterns from an original perspective to promote new ideas and consider, refine and merge different approaches to come up with alternate ways of looking at problems; inclination to take initiative and be proactive and to offer to assist and support co-workers, resourcefulness to prevent problems, and ability to handle work with a minimum of supervision; and drive to satisfy and anticipate “client” needs, prepared to tailor approach to meet the business needs and to create positive image for role and service level of the law branch; drive for results and urgency, high motivation towards achievement, decisive and action-oriented with ability to sensibly prioritize efforts; tenacity and resilience to persevere towards goals despite challenges and obstacles, maintaining energy, enthusiasm and drive through to attainment of objectives. The successful candidate will be one who is apt to tackle issues to increase overall effectiveness and readily accepts responsibility for actions and decisions. He/she will consider the financial impact of all actions and decisions and ensure that it is taken into account appropriately. Excellent negotiation, advocacy and written and oral communications skills (to convey messages and thoughts clearly, concisely, persuasively, and in a focused manner, to form compelling arguments based on facts, logic and law, to listen and question appropriately to gain full understanding, to tailor the message appropriately to the particular audience and to share information, ideas and feedback in a timely manner) are required. Integrity (including a strong work ethic, high personal standards, discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information, dedication to follow through on commitments, and openness and honesty in communications as well as a respectful demeanour) is assumed. A successful candidate will be one who takes pride in his or her role as a representative of Canada’s international airline. Intangible Benefits The selected candidate will have the benefit of being part of a larger labour and employment law group. The successful candidate will be joining a company with a high profile and complex labour, human rights and privacy landscape. Though the demands are high, the work flow tends to be more manageable than private practice without the pressures of client development. The environment is fast-paced with constant activity. LINGUISTIC REQUIREMENTS Based on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates. At Air Canada, we want to fly higher when it comes to employment equity. We, therefore, encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, women, members of a visible minority and persons with a disability. Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted.