Staff lawyer (employment law)

Scarborough Community Legal Services

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, income maintenance law, immigration law, and workers' rights.

We are looking for an enthusiastic lawyer to provide legal services to low income individuals and groups in all areas of employment law—workers' rights.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide summary advice, brief services, and casework in all aspects of employment law matters.
  • Conduct legal research for the purpose of collaborating with our employment law team
  • Undertake court appeal, judicial review, and other complex legal actions in all aspects of employment law matters as approved by the Executive Director
  • Provide summary advice, brief services, and casework in other areas of law practiced by the Clinic as might be required
  • Provide mentorship and direction to articling student, particularly on employment law matters

Law Reform, Community Organizing

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

Public Legal Education

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

Qualifications and Experience

  • You must be a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada, with one to five years of experience practicing law.
  • You must have experience litigating matters before administrative tribunals or courts; experience litigating before the court, Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Labour Relations Board, and Social Security Tribunal preferred.
  • You must have a sound knowledge of employment legislation including the Employment Standards Act, Employment Insurance Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Human Rights Code and relevant case law.
  • 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.
  • 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 in other areas of clinic law and the ability to speak a second language are assets.

Terms of Employment

This is a twelve month contract commencing in April 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 22, 2019.

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to Svetlana Kroutskikh by email at using the subject line "Employment Lawyer Position" only, or by regular mail to:

Attn: Hiring Committee
Scarborough Community Legal Services,
695 Markham Rd., Suite 9 Toronto, ON M1H 2A5

SCLS welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self‑identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. 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.