Benchers approve updated workplace guidelines and model policy

The Benchers have approved new best practice guidelines for hiring and recruiting by BC law firms. Prepared by the Model Policy Revision Working Group of the Women in the Legal Profession Task Force, Guidelines – Recruiting, Interviewing and Hiring Practices, contains extensive revisions to the original Hiring Guidelines developed in 1999.

The Benchers have also recently approved the new Model Policy on Pregnancy and Parental Leave, to replace the Maternity and Parental Leave model policy, which was drafted in 1992. The new model policy incorporates substantial revisions, largely reflecting amendments to the provincial Employment Standards Act and the federal Employment Insurance Act made since 1992.

The new guidelines and model policy are both best practices resources for BC’s legal profession, and will be posted in the Practice Support / Articles/Papers/Precedents section of the Law Society’s website early in 2007.