Legal Assistant

  • WorkSafeBC
  • Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
  • Mar 13, 2023
Full time Legal Assistant Legal Support

Job Description


If you are a good communicator, proactive, and want to be part of a committed group that provides key services supporting our organization’s strategic goals of improving the health and safety of workplaces across BC, we want to hear from you.

We are looking for Legal Assistants to provide administrative support to lawyers in our Law and Policy department at our head office in Richmond.

We have two permanent opportunities for Legal Assistants for the following departments:

  • Prohibited Action Complaints: conducts inquiries and prepares decisions concerning complaints made under the Workers Compensation Act when workers exercise health and safety rights.
  • Litigation and Legal Business Services: conducts litigation in the fields of personal injury, injunction applications, civil investigations, judicial reviews, human rights complaints, and asbestos-related claims. Provides advice and solicitor’s services including contract administration (negotiation, preparation, and enforcement), personal property security and land title transactions, and collections proceedings.

How you’ll make a difference: You’ll ensure WorkSafeBC is serving stakeholders across B.C. effectively

Where you’ll work

WorkSafeBC, we offer a hybrid work model that combines the convenience of working remotely with the dynamism of working in one of our offices, based on the operational needs of the position.

In this role, you’ll work onsite at our Richmond office two to three days per week.

What you'll do

Prohibited Action Complaints:

  • Provide administrative support to the lawyers on the Prohibited Action Complaints team for the full life cycle of a complaint.
  • Maintain a case load of diverse files for lawyers by creating and assembling new files, drafting correspondence to parties regarding steps in the process, assembling evidence and submissions, managing referrals to external mediation service providers and sending decisions to parties.
  • Address telephone inquiries, and routine and technical questions.

Litigation and Legal Business Services:

  • Provide administrative assistance to the lawyers in Litigation by drafting documents required in various legal proceedings (Notice of Civil Claim, Notice of Claim, Notice of Application, Responses, Affidavits, Notice of Trial, etc.) and various correspondence
  • Arrange for examinations for discovery, medical examinations, mediations, trial booking, lawyer and worker travel, and coordinate service of various materials and documents via process service
  • Address telephone inquiries, and routine and technical questions
  • Maintain a case load of diversified files for lawyers
  • Maintain a record of expenses incurred by lawyers and arrange for reimbursement

Is this a good fit for you?

We’re looking for people who can:

  • Independently prioritize, plan, and maintain a heavy and diverse workload within time constraints and strict deadlines, with frequent interruptions, while taking into account policies and procedures.
  • Communicate accurately and effectively, both orally and in writing, using clear and concise language, while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Exhibit professionalism and diplomacy with individuals of varied backgrounds, respond tactfully to clients in stressful situations, and respond flexibly to changing priorities.
  • Gather and analyze information, evaluate alternative solutions, and recommend an appropriate course of action.

Your background and experience

  • A certificate in legal administrative training
  • A minimum of two years of experience as a legal administrative assistant, or equivalent experience and training.
  • Above average Microsoft Word and Excel skills.
  • A typing speed of 45 words per minute.
  • A thorough understanding of litigation and/or administrative tribunal practice.

We’ll consider an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Important to know

Before we can finalize any offer of employment, you must:

  • Successfully meet the legal requirements under the Criminal Records Review Act to work with children and/or vulnerable adults.
  • Confirm you’re legally entitled to work in Canada

WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 Employee Mandatory Vaccine Policy (the “Policy”) is suspended effective January 9, 2023, however we reserve the right to re-implement it in response to changes in the public health landscape, including public health orders. We are committed to the protection, health, and safety of our employees and our Communicable Disease Prevention Program and related protocols remain in effect.

Who we are

At WorkSafeBC, we promote safe and healthy workplaces across British Columbia. 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’re honoured to serve the 2.49 million workers and 263,000 registered employers in our province.

What’s it like to work at WorkSafeBC?

It’s challenging, stimulating, and rewarding. Our positions offer diversity and 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 ability to make a difference relies on building a team with a rich variety of skills, knowledge, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences that 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.

Learn more: Discover who we are.

Our benefits

As a member of our team, you’ll have access to services and benefits that help you get the most out of work — and life. Along with a competitive salary, your total compensation package includes:

  • Defined benefit pension plan that provides you with a lifetime monthly pension when you retire
  • 3 weeks of vacation in your first year, with regular increases based on years of service
  • Extensive health care and dental benefits
  • Optional leave and earned-time-off arrangements
  • Development opportunities (tuition reimbursement, leadership development, and more)

Learn more: Find out what we offer.

Want to apply?

  • In addition to your resume, please submit your most up-to-date cover letter.
  • Applications are welcomed immediately, however must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. PST on the closing date.
  • Please note that we will be starting assessments prior to the closing date.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. If you require an accommodation in the assessment process, please email Recruitment Testing Accommodation (SM) when you submit your application.