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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Toronto associates  

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Borden Ladner Gervais LLP was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's benefits plan features up to $5,000 for mental health care, a wellness spending account that covers a broad range of related goods and services (up to $500), additional coverage options for health and dental care, and 24/7 access to virtual health care services
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP supports new mothers and fathers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, which were recently enhanced to 100 per cent of salary for up to 26 weeks for all employees, and offers a number of related resources, including a parent toolkit, back-up and last-minute daycare support, and a parent coaching program for lawyers
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP continues to support remote working, offering a home purchase allowance of $500 to be used for buying equipment to improve employees' physical home offices, in addition to providing remote workers with an equipment package that includes a laptop, docking station, dual monitors, keyboard, mouse and headset -- and when in-office, hybrid workers can use a convenient app to book boardrooms, offices and desk spaces
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP employees smile with a Hearing Guide Dog named Gervais as part of their fundraising for Paws for Cause  

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Established in Canada 1823
Major Canadian locations Montréal QC, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,536
Part-time employees in Canada 61
Average age of employees in Canada 40.61 years
Longest serving employee 42.85 years
Benefits note BLG has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, compressed work week, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Long-term savings matching RSP
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $5,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Borden Ladner Gervais LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP launched four new action committees in 2022 to replace previous affinity groups, each with a goal of increasing representation as well as enhancing recruitment, retention, and advancement -- committees include Abilities, Indigenous Peoples, Pride and Race, and BLG Women as of 2023, with membership open to all employees who wish to actively participate in enhancing diversity and inclusion at the firm
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP provides anti-racism training for all firm members which includes training sessions and presentations on systemic racism in Canada, practical implications of systemic racism and intersectionality, diversity and redefining allyship
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP implemented a pilot sponsorship program for individuals who self-identify as women or as members of underrepresented groups -- targeting associates in their fifth year of practice without sponsors, sponsors will introduce the protégé to clients and contacts, identify opportunities to help the protégé build their profile, client teams or groups for the protégé to join, and involve them in career-enhancing billable matters
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP staff celebrate Pride  
I got to lead one of the many virtual language learning sessions during Asian Heritage Month, teaching others the basics of Urdu, its history and its context, which was exciting to share and allowed my fellow BLG colleagues to get to know more about me and my story. Diversity is so universal, yet so personal. It’s what makes each of us unique. Ayesha Aasim, legal talent advisory specialist

Highlights

Industry Law firm
Major Canadian locations Montréal QC, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,536
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives national director of diversity and inclusion, manager of equity, diversity and inclusion, diversity and inclusion council
Performance management and accountability requires diverse representation on shortlists for leadership appointments, hiring and promotions, and key client interactions, has targets for diverse representation in partnership and leadership, will report on the demographic composition of the firm and progress towards targets on an annual basis
Employee resource groups action committees replace previous affinity groups (membership is open to all employees who wish to actively participate: Abilities, Indigenous Peoples, Pride and Race, BLG Women
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies mental health strategy, national procurement function screens vendors on criteria that include performance on diversity, formal transgender accommodation and inclusivity policy
Recruitment initiatives aims for diverse interview panels (minimum of 30% to an ideal 50%), advertises job postings through a number of organizations serving diverse communities, requires diverse representation on shortlists when hiring lawyers, created a national interview process to ensure equity for students with disabilities, mentorship program for LGBTQA+ students, Avenue internship for Black undergraduate students, mentoring for high school students who face challenges in accessing post-secondary education (partnership with Law in Action Within Schools Program), national Indigenous student recruitment (led by the firm's Indigenous focus group)
Retention and development programs pilot sponsorship program launched in 2022 targeting associates entering their fifth year of practice who self-identify as women or as members of underrepresented groups
Training and awareness initiatives training and education on a variety of topics including unconscious bias, racism, reconciliation, LGBTQ2S+ representation in media, and workplace harassment and discrimination, mental health training for leaders as well as general health and wellness seminars to support positive mental health for all, learning series includes disability in the workplace and developing a roadmap to allyship

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