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Senior Legal Consultant

LifeWorks

This is a Contract position in Fredericton, NB posted September 17, 2022.

Build a meaningful career

At LifeWorks, we offer more than career opportunities, we provide career opportunities to make meaningful contributions to people’s lives.  The extraordinary expertise of a more than 7,000-strong workforce is harnessed to support the employees and families of the organizations we serve. Our innovative programs have a lasting impact on the health, financial security and productivity of 24,000 workplaces.

Managed by a legal team partner and working with the legal consulting team on providing support to consultants and clients on pension plan and other retirement and savings vehicles design, documentation, governance, reorganizations and wind ups and other types of transactions, both in Canada and the Caribbean. Internal and external speaking, training, writing and participating on committees. Continuous learning.

Reporting to a partner and joining our team of 11 professionals across the country, the successful candidate will provide support and/or consulting services to internal and external clients.  The position is based out of Fredericton but we would be willing to consider applicants based in other Canadian locations, particularly those with a LifeWorks retirement consulting practice.

At LifeWorks you can expect an employer:

  • With a vision to improve 1 Billion lives, including those of its employees,

  • That supports its employees and regularly asks for feedback

  • That is focused on technological improvements and encourages growth and innovation

  • That provides a collegial place to work with opportunities to socialize with co-workers, and

  • That has always had flexibility as one of its core values.

Responsibilities (increasing with experience)

  • Guidance and support to consultants, clients and pension administrators on legislative, case law and other industry developments

  • Compliance of client pension plans with pension standards and Income Tax Act requirements

  • Reports, presentations, and plan documentation for existing and prospective clients

  • All aspects of plan wind-ups and administration of pension plans as a result of employer reorganization or de-risking (e.g., Sears, Nortel Networks)

  • Strategic design and implementation of special projects – for example, plan mergers, wind-ups, reviews and audits of plan governance, drafting of governance documentation, pension committee training and surplus withdrawal applications

  • Support for pension governance and investment management, including ESG factors

  • Development of innovative new products in retirement savings and financial well-being

  • Updating the LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell) Handbook of Canadian Pension and Benefit Plans and other LifeWorks publications

  • Working on international mandates in the Caribbean and elsewhere in pension law, insurance law and compensation consulting

  • Communicating with regulatory authorities

  • Managing multiple client files and projects

  • Monitoring industry topics and trends

  • Participating in industry organizations (e.g., OBA, CPBI, ACPM)

  • Delegation and peer review, where appropriate

Success requires the following core qualifications and skills

  • We are looking for a lawyer with 5+ years of experience in pensions (experience in insolvency, employment, labour, privacy, and/or tax law will also be an asset):

  • A positive attitude, with strong leadership and team building skills

  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to synthesize complex information

  • Exceptional writing and research skills; detail oriented

  • Exceptional client focus with strong professional acumen

  • Excellent communication, project management and presentation skills

  • Highly organized, with an ability to take initiative and be independent

  • French language skills would be an advantage

  • Call to the Bar and good standing in a Canadian common law jurisdiction

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Where permitted by law, LifeWorks employees must be fully immunized to access a LifeWorks office or customer premises.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation in the application process or those needing job postings in an alternative format may e-mail a request to talentacquisitiononboarding@lifeworks.com

Fulfilling work that matters

LifeWorks is in the business of helping organizations help their people and in the process, we strive to elevate ours. We're always looking for talented professionals and strategic leaders looking to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. We appreciate the interest of every applicant; however, we contact only those selected for an interview.

At LifeWorks, we are committed to putting our people first.  Our priority is to optimize the health and productivity of our people.  In light of COVID-19, our company continues to monitor the global situation and following local guidance in each of our communities to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees.  Safety is our highest priority, and while the goal is to ultimately return to the office, we are currently working remotely and are connecting with candidates through virtual interviews, recruitment events, and information sessions.  We are excited to connect with you virtually, and look forward to receiving your application.