Legal Services Branch

The Legal Services Branch (LSB) of the Ministry of Labour (MOL) is a centre of excellence for occupational health and safety, employment and labour law.

There are over 60 staff members, comprising lawyers, several paralegals, articling students and administrative support staff reporting to the Director of the Branch. The LSB office is located in Toronto. Staff in the Branch are employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General as are the staff of all legal services branches in government ministries. The Ministry of Labour is, however, the main client.

The lawyers act as the legal advisors to the Minister of Labour and to all levels of the public service in the Ministry. The lawyers prosecute offences under MOL statutes, defend orders of Ministry inspectors and officers in administrative appeals, represent the Ministry at Coroner's inquests, act as co-ordinating counsel on legislation projects and generally provide legal support for Ministry policy and operational initiatives.

The branch prides itself on a strong mentorship system that enables newer lawyers to learn from more experienced lawyers. There is also a students committee and an orientation program to welcome students and new lawyers into the branch.

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