Prohibited Action Hearings Lawyer

  • WorkSafeBC
  • Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sep 01, 2022
Full time Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description


WorkSafeBC’s Legal Services department is seeking a recently called lawyer for the Hearings Lawyer position within our Prohibited Action Complaints (PAC) department. The PAC Hearings Lawyer will be responsible for managing submissions and evidence for the hearing of prohibited action complaints filed by workers under the Workers Compensation Act (“WCA”) related to workplace reprisals for exercising health and safety rights under the WCA.

Consider joining a motivated team of lawyers who value hard work while prioritizing a healthy lifestyle with a strong focus on work-life balance. WorkSafeBC’s Legal Services is a full service legal department that includes both solicitor and litigation practice areas, as well as privacy lawyers and policy lawyers. We are embracing the recent change in the way people live and work, including working at home part of the week. We are proud to work for an organization with a mandate to improve the health and safety of workplaces across the province.

What you'll do

As the Hearings Lawyer you will:

  • Manage the submission and evidence steps in the PAC hearing process by obtaining submissions and evidence from parties, responding to inquiries from parties regarding the hearing process and enforcing/extending deadlines
  • Ensure files are ready for a written hearing by a Legal Adjudicative Officer by reviewing submissions and evidence in order to ensure the record of evidence is complete as required at law
  • Determine whether a worker has met a prima facie case of prohibited action and prepare written decisions where the prima facie case is not established
  • Complete research and analysis of law, policy, and jurisprudence to ensure that WorkSafeBC’s PAC process is appropriate and meets the requirements of administrative law applicable to hearings

Is this a good fit for you?

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Communicate legal concepts and decisions in a clear and concise manner to individuals and groups with varying levels of understanding
  • Employ sound judgment in the application of law and policy to weigh evidence, make decisions, and resolve issues
  • Demonstrate understanding of administrative law and rules of evidence
  • Prioritize a large volume of work in tight deadlines with ability to respond to external pressures
  • Interact with management, team members, and stakeholders in a confident, professional and objective manner
  • Work in our Richmond location, in addition to working remotely

Your experience and background:

  • A member in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia
  • 3-6 months of legal experience

Application requirements:

In addition to your resume, please include a cover letter and written sample you have self-authored (either a written submission or legal opinion). Place your sample in the same document as your resume or cover letter and submit with your online application.

You must submit your application by 4:30pm on the closing date of the competition.

If you require an accommodation in the assessment process, please email HR Testing Accommodation (SM) at the time you submit your application.

You will be required to successfully meet the legal requirements under the Criminal Records Review Act to work with children and/or vulnerable adults.

Who are we?

At WorkSafeBC, we’re dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across B.C. We partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent injury, disease, and disability. When work-related injuries or diseases occur, we provide compensation, and support injured workers in their recovery, rehabilitation, and safe return to work. We also work diligently to sustain our workers compensation system for today and future generations. We’re honoured to serve the 2.4 million workers and 245,000 registered employers in our province.

WorkSafeBC requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In implementing the policy, WorkSafeBC will consider its obligations to accommodate those staff who are unable to be vaccinated.

We recognize that our ability to make a difference relies on building a team with a rich variety of skills, knowledge, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences, and which reflects the diversity of the people we serve. We are committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive work culture where everyone can contribute as their best, authentic self. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

What’s it like to work at WorkSafeBC?

It’s challenging, stimulating, and hugely rewarding. Our positions offer tremendous diversity and excellent opportunities for professional growth. Every day, the work we do impacts people and changes lives. What we do is important and so are the people we do it for.

Our benefits

Being part of WorkSafeBC means being part of a strong, committed team. Your total compensation package includes vacation, optional leave arrangements, health care and dental benefits, and contributions toward your retirement pension. We also offer continuous learning opportunities, leadership development programs, and tuition reimbursement to make your career at WorkSafeBC rewarding. As a member of our team, you'll have access to services and benefits that can help you get the most out of work — and life.

WorkSafeBC has adopted a hybrid model offering opportunities to work remotely and onsite based on the operational needs of the position.

Learn more about what we offer.

If you’re the successful applicant, we’ll be making a conditional offer contingent upon your clearing a criminal record check under the Criminal Records Review Act. At the time of offer, you’ll need to provide consent for a criminal record check. Once we receive clearance, we’ll confirm your offer of employment.

This position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.

Thank you, in advance, for applying.



Practice Area(s)

Legal Job in British Columbia