Established in 1981, Pace Law Firm has dedicated itself to achieving positive changes in clients’ lives by effectively representing them in navigating the legal process while redefining the client experience. Today, Pace Law remains dedicated to upholding its signature “client-first” brand. With 150 legal professionals in six offices, our firm serves its clients in over 38 languages.
We are looking for an Employment Lawyer with the following experience and skills:
Duties and responsibilities
- Determine the ability to act for a prospective client, negotiate retainer agreements, obtain instructions, and communicate effectively to define and achieve the client’s objectives.
- Gather information, analyze the file, develop options and recommendations, and present the options and recommendations to the client on employment matters, including human rights, employment contracts, severance pay and just cause terminations.
- Execute the action plan as instructed by the client and complete the retainer.
- Use appropriate policies, systems, and practices to meet the file and time management, documentation, payment, professional development, and contingency planning obligations associated with managing a practice.
- Gauging and explaining the implication of agreements and other legal documents to clients.
- Draft/Review documents, including employment contracts, termination and demand letters, settlement agreements, equity agreements, mediation/settlement briefs, correspondence, pleadings, briefs, and hearing documents.
- If necessary, represent clients at various levels of court, administrative tribunals and boards and arbitration proceedings.
- Meet directly and remotely with clients and other lawyers.
- Liaising with barristers and instructing them on cases that go to court.
- Provide support to the firm on employment matters and compliance, including investigation, hiring, performance management and discipline, termination, severance packages and approach to terminations, human rights issues including accommodation, short and long-term disability leaves, and developing strategies for managing litigation risk around employment matters.
Requirements and skills
- LLB or Juris Doctor degree.
- A licensed member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
- Membership in the Employment Lawyer Association of Ontario is an asset.
- Knowledge of federal and provincial procedures, forms, general statutes, and common laws such as the Employment Standards Act (ESA), Pay Equity Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Human Rights Code (OHRC), and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA).
- 5-10 years of experience in employment, human rights law, and litigation.
- Strong written communications skills (especially with legal contracts).
- Ability to work independently.
- Health, Vision, and Dental
- Generous vacation
- On-site parking
- Bonus Pay
- Profit sharing