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Solicitor Practice

  • Revised: December 2010
  • Content last reviewed: December 2010

The solicitor practice at the Ministry of Labour Legal Services Branch has significant expertise in the areas of occupational health and safety, employment standards, labour relations, workplace insurance and pay equity law. The solicitors provide strategic, practical and high quality legal advice and support on legislative, regulatory, operational, policy and corporate initiatives in all of the Ministry's key program areas. Our solicitors are also frequently called upon to provide legal advice in our areas of expertise to the Ministry of the Attorney General and other Ministries.

The solicitor practice group includes lawyers who are considered to be OPS-wide experts in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Employment Standards Act, 2000, the Labour Relations Act, 1995, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, the Pay Equity Act and administrative law.

In addition, the solicitors provide legal advice on matters of general relevance to public law, including agency governance and accountability, procurement, contracts, freedom of information, privacy and conflict of interest. The solicitors are also responsible for the preparation of government legal documents respecting appointments to government agencies, agreements between ministries or other governments and internal corporate management material.

One of the key roles for a solicitor is to work with Ministry staff and Legislative Counsel to prepare legislation and regulations. Recently, solicitors have been involved in drafting legislation with respect to workplace violence and harassment, employment protections for foreign national live-in caregivers and job protected leave for living organ donors.