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Workers' Advisers Program (Solicitor 1-3)

 

 

Competition # : 32969 

Department: Labour, Skills, and Immigration

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Legal - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/26/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

 

With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact competitions@novascotia.ca.

 

The Workers’ Advisers Program is a public agency established in 1996 under Part III of the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide free and independent legal assistance, advice, and representation to eligible injured workers and their families seeking workers’ compensation benefits. The Chief Worker Adviser reports to the Minister of Labour, Skills, and Immigration regarding the Program’s operations and budget.

 

The Workers’ Advisers Program has approximately 20 staff located in its Halifax and Sydney offices. Workers’ Advisers (lawyers and non-lawyers) meet with clients and represent them at hearings and in other matters at various locations around the Province. The Program provides representation at all levels of decision-making in the workers’ compensation system, including in Court if appropriate.

 

The Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration works to provide fairness, safety, and prosperity for all Nova Scotians by helping them live, learn, and work to their highest potential.

About Our Opportunity

 

As a Workers’ Adviser with the Workers’ Advisers Program, a division in the Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration you will report to the Chief Worker Adviser and work in accordance with the Program’s guidelines to provide legal services in a solicitor-client relationship to eligible injured workers and their families seeking workers’ compensation benefits under Nova Scotia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, its regulations, and Workers’ Compensation Board policies.

Primary Accountabilities

 

  • Represents clients of the Program.
  • Prepares necessary correspondence, written submissions, and other documents.
  • Meets, assists, advises, and represents clients at hearings at the Workers’ Compensation Board, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, and in court as appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience

 

To be successful in this position you must be a lawyer and a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society or be able to become a practicing member on appointment as a Workers’ Adviser.

 

You have a strong knowledge of Nova Scotia’s workers’ compensation law and system, administrative law principles, and other relevant statutory provisions and common law principles. 

 

You also have a good understanding and an appreciation of the role of the Workers’ Advisers Program in the workers’ compensation system and can demonstrated good verbal and writing abilities and organizational skills. 

 

In addition to the above, you excel at providing effective representation and advocacy for clients in a workers’ compensation system or in another comparable public law and adversarial system, while maintaining a relatively high caseload and respecting tight time pressures and deadlines.

 

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Benefits

 

Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

What We Offer

 

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace: our employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Numerous career paths.
  • Department-specific flexible work options.

 

Pay Grade:  MCL 26  

Salary Range:  $3,676.91 - $5,634.05 Bi-Weekly

 

Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.

 

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

 

 

 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 

 

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 

 

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.