Law Society makes GTA's top employer list for third consecutive year

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - 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
    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
    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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