The Law Society of Upper Canada has been selected as one of the Greater Toronto Area's Top Employers for the fifth 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 pleased to again be recognized as one of the leading employers in the GTA," says Law Society CEO Malcolm Heins. "Receiving this honour speaks to our commitment to continuous improvements to our workplace to ensure it remains an exceptional place to work. A workforce that is highly engaged enables us to provide excellent service to lawyers, paralegals and the public."
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, 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: a compassionate leave top-up payments for employees taking leave to care for a loved one; 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; and in-house training initiatives and tuition subsidies for employees taking courses at outside institutions. Reasons for selecting the Law Society as one of the Top Employers can be found on Mediacorp's eluta website.
The competition was open to private and public sector employers of any size, with a head office or principal place of business within the GTA.
"The Law Society owes its success in no small part to the commitment and hard work of its employees,” says Heins. "I congratulate all employees on continuing to make the Law Society a great place to work."