Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

October 21, 2008 15:03 ET

Law Society Makes GTA's Top Employer List for Third Consecutive Year

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2008) - The Law Society of Upper Canada has been selected as one of the Greater Toronto Area's Top Employers for the third year in a row. The designation recognizes organizations that offer exceptional places to work in the City of Toronto and the regional municipalities of York, Halton, Peel and Durham.

"We are very proud to be recognized once again as one of the leading employers in the GTA," says Law Society CEO Malcolm Heins. "In a marketplace where employee attraction and retention are increasingly difficult, this designation recognizes the Law Society as an exceptional place to work. A vibrant workplace ensures that we can provide the best service possible to the public and to lawyers and paralegals."

Evaluation was based on a standard set of criteria, including: (1) physical workplace; (2) work atmosphere; (3) health, financial and family benefits; (4) vacation and time off; (5) employee communications; (6) performance management; (7) training and skills development; and (8) community involvement.

In choosing finalists from the hundreds of firms that applied, competition organizers at Mediacorp considered how each employer compared to others in its industry and region.

The following Law Society programs and policies were found to be particularly distinguishing: the parental leave top-up program, which provides top-up payments (to 93 per cent of salary for 17 weeks) for new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents; the wide array of alternative work options, including flexible scheduling, telecommuting and a 35-hour work week with full pay; help for employees planning for retirement through a traditional pension plan; compassionate leave top-up payments for employees taking leave to care for a loved one; and a thoughtful charitable program - the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program - that utilizes the Law Society's fist-rate cafeteria to help provide meals for Toronto's homeless and less fortunate.

The competition is open to private and public sector employers of any size, with a head office or principal place of business within the GTA.

A list of the companies chosen for this distinction was featured in the Saturday, October 18 issue of the Toronto Star.

"I congratulate all employees on making the Law Society such a great place to work," says Heins. "The Law Society is truly a dynamic organization, with an impressive history and dedicated staff."

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegal in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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