Job Posting 101701

Staff Lawyer - Employment Law
Scarborough Community Legal Services
Toronto Metro area
closed 9 days ago (Fri, 14 Jun)
full time  •  75,000 - 83,830



SCLS is a non-profit community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario.  We provide clinic law services to low income individuals in a culturally diverse community.  Our work includes individual case work, public legal education, law reform, and community development activities mainly in the areas of housing law, social assistance law, immigration law, and employment law.



Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide summary advice, brief services, and casework in employment law. However, the areas of law to be practiced will be determined based on the needs of the employer and may change over time. The employee may be required to practice in the other areas of poverty law including housing, social assistance, and/or immigration law.
  • Undertake court appeal, judicial review, and other complex legal actions, as approved by the Executive Director
  • Conduct legal research for the purpose of collaborating with our legal teams
  • Supervise the legal work of other members of the employment law team


Law Reform, Community Organizing

  • Identify and carry out law reform and community organizing initiatives in collaboration with the legal teams
  • Represent the Clinic to community groups by providing resources and expertise on employment law, and poverty law issues generally
  • Monitor policy changes, government initiatives, research studies, reports etc. on employment law and poverty law issues generally that have an impact on, and implications for, our client community


Public Legal Education

  • Speak to community agencies and community members on employment law, poverty law issues, clinic services, and other topics within expertise
  • Write, edit, and review clinic produced PLE materials


Qualifications and Experience


  • You are a lawyer in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.
  • You have 1 - 7 years of relevant legal experience.
  • You have knowledge of related legislation, including but not limited to the Employment Standards Act, Employment Insurance Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Human Rights Code.
  • You have experience litigating matters before administrative tribunals or courts.
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and working for positive social change on issues that affect low income individuals and groups, particularly in the area of employment law.
  • You have the strong communication and interpersonal skills that are needed to address the needs of clients from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • You have a collaborative work approach and the ability to work well in a team-based environment.
  • Knowledge/experience in multiple areas of clinic law, and the ability to speak a second language are assets.
  • Knowledge in other areas of clinic law and the ability to speak a second language are assets.


Terms of Employment


This is a permanent full-time position that is part of the OPSEU bargaining unit. It offers a competitive benefits package and enrolment in the CAAT DB Plus pension plan.


The salary range is $75,000 to $83,830 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We have a Remote Work Policy that permits a hybrid work arrangement for this position after completion of a probationary period.


Additional Information


We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


SCLS welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. Lived experience and intersectional identities are merit factors for hiring for this position. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


In recognition of the time and labour of preparing for and attending an interview, SCLS will financially compensate interviewees at a rate of $40 per interview (expected time – one hour). If the candidate is asked to prepare a presentation or assignment during the hiring process, SCLS will financially compensate the candidate for that work at a rate of $40 per hour, based on the time the hiring committee believes the task should reasonably take to complete.


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