Employment and Labour Lawyer

  • Desjardins
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 27, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, and one of the largest employers in the country. It offers a full range of financial products and services and is home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes, securities brokerage, asset management, venture capital, and secure, leading-edge virtual access methods.




Job Level




As a employment and labour lawyer, you help protect the organization’s legal interests by ensuring it complies with all laws. You also play a key role in making sure that its rights are protected and obligations are met. You represent the organization in situations involving its legal interests. You may be responsible for one or more sub-specialties, such as contested matters and the Office of the Corporate Secretary (ethics and professional conduct, official registries, meeting minutes, the general meeting, etc.).

You lead development projects and strategic initiatives that are complex and innovative. Your initiatives require extensive knowledge of your specialty area.

You make recommendations on the planning and execution of operationally and conceptually complex projects and initiatives that require comprehensive analysis and understanding of the organization and line of business. Coordination is critical, so you frequently interact with stakeholders working in many other fields. Interpersonal savvy is therefore essential.

You serve as specialist advisor and subject matter expert, as well as resource person and coach for decision-making bodies




Main Responsibilities

  • Advise various sectors of the business on employment law, employment agreements, policy development and implementation, human rights, health and safety, and workplace accommodation.
  • Draft pleadings, advise on litigation strategies and represent employers in proceedings at various administrative tribunals, courts and arbitrations.
  • Provides expert advice and consultation to managers and human resources consultants.
  • Analyzes, advises and supports the various organization units with appeals before civil and administrative court.
  • Issues opinions on facts and applicable legislation and on actions to take.
  • Represents the organization before the courts, and drafts appropriate procedures, pleads cases or negotiates for best possible conditions.
  • Assumes responsibility for or participates in special mandates or projects when required. Represents his/her sector on various committees.
  • Monitors the various organization sectors' compliance with applicable legislation and regulations, and cooperates with sectors in charge of compliance to provide them with the necessary.


Other working conditions

  • Travel : Must be available for travel to other offices in the GTA area
  • Number of job available : 1



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • A minimum of six years of relevant experience


Please note that other combinaisons of qualifications and relevant experience may be considered

  •  Must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada / Law Society of Ontario


Desjardins Cross-sector skills

Accountability, Collaborates, Customer Focus, Innovation


Key competencies for the job

Customer focus, Decision quality, Drive results, Interpersonal Savvy, Persuades




Work Location

95 St-Clair Avenue West Toronto


Trade Union

Non Syndiqué


Unposting Date



Job Family

Legal Affairs (FG)

Practice Area(s)

employment law