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McCarthy Tétrault's Director of Student Programs for the Québec region presenting at a Student Diversity Conference

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • McCarthy Tétrault strongly supports employee development with generous tuition subsidies, in-house training programs as well as a focus on mentoring -- the firm designates May as its annual Mentoring Month, which includes speed-mentoring sessions for students, mentor meetings for new associates and even an awards ceremony to recognize the leading mentors in the firm
  • McCarthy Tétrault encourages employees to maintain healthy and active lifestyles with a generous fitness subsidy, from $550 for administration personnel to $4,000 for partners, and recently included coverage for the BIXI shared commuter bike service to encourage employees to ride to work
  • McCarthy Tétrault supports employees who want to start a family with a generous IVF subsidy when needed (up to $12,000) and follows-up with maternity leave top-ups for its new moms (to 90% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as a unique maternity buddy program to keep parents on leave up-to-date about the firm and their jobs
McCarthy Tétrault employees taking part in one of the firm's in-house yoga classes
McCarthy Tétrault employees participating in the Montre?al-Toronto Marathon pose in front of the Parliament building in Ottawa, Ontario

Employer Background

Industry Law Firm
Full-time employees in Canada 1,426
Part-time employees in Canada 66
Full-time employees worldwide 1,450
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3%
Average age of employees in Canada 49
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies
Workplace features the firm has no traditional head office, each Canadian office is centrally located in their respective cities, providing convenient access to local restaurants, recreational and entertainment facilities and public transportation, McCarthy's Toronto office (which has the largest employee population) is located in the TD Centre offering stunning views of Lake Ontario and an office space that is decorated with the firm's corporate art collection, a family room (also available at the Montreal and Vancouver offices), to provide quiet space for nursing mothers or personal visitations, a first-aid room, kitchen areas on each floor, direct access to Toronto's extensive underground PATH walking network, which provides all-weather-access to transit, retail, services and numerous restaurants, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, telephones for personal use
Snacks available fresh fruit or homemade cookies for meetings, complimentary dinner service for employees working late
Other nearby amenities fitness club, St. James Park, daycare, shopping mall, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name formal social clubs at Montréal and Vancouver offices
Recent social events annual "Appreciation Week" celebrations across all offices (in recognition of employees' contributions and success), which included healthy breakfasts, mini chair massage breaks, manicures and reflexology treatments, and gift distribution, holiday parties for employees at Christmas, separate Christmas celebrations for children of employees, children's Easter egg hunt, summer socials, monthly after work socials, retirement celebrations and breaks for gelato in the summer
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications senior leaders host "Town Hall" meetings at least twice a year at each office location (questions and feedback are actively encouraged)

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Additional financial benefits defined contribution pension plan is dependent on employee group, referral bonuses for lawyers are up to $5,000, technology reimbursement allowance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), fitness subsidy includes coverage for BIXI shared commuter bike rentals and increases to $1,000 for associate and to $4,000 for partners
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $12,000 per lifetime
Fitness club subsidy $550 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information legal personnel receive maternity leave top-up of 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks (also available to fathers who are primary caregivers), manages a maternity buddy program to keep parents on leave up-to-date about the firm and their jobs, emergency back-up child care and eldercare support services, nanny placement service, Montessori kindergarten program, meals-to-go service, additional travel expense reimbursement for nursing moms (lawyers) that covers travel and accommodation, and a food allowance for a secondary caregiver

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information management, paralegal/clerk and lawyer personnel all start with four weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance

Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, "WOW Factor" program, which allows employees at any level to nominate a co-worker or team for a monetary award, "Bravo" award, which provides managers with budget to purchase gifts for individuals or team, awards for long service and attendance, annual peer-nominated "Award of Excellence" for the employees who have a significant impact through exceptional work, unique mentoring awards for excellence and commitment to student and associate mentoring

Training & Skills Development

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs leadership development program, unique managing remotely workshops for managers (new program being developed in response to increasing telecommuting and offsite work arrangements), associate mentoring program (includes "Mentoring Month" every May and an annual mentoring awards celebration to recognize leading mentors), unique training program (called Partnering with our Clients), lunch and learn workshops, webinars to clients on a variety of subjects, from email management to managing a multi-generational workforce

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 400 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (over $1.2 million donated last year), YMCA Presents for Peace, Hooplaw Charity Basketball Tournament (for the Children's Hearing and Speech Centere of BC), Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, Lawyers to Feed the Hungry, The Weekend to End Women's Breast Cancer, Montréal-Toronto Challenge (650km/75 hour fundraising run relay with 29 lawyers participating), Breakfast Club Canada
Community highlight Established in 1997, the firm manages the McCarthy Tétrault Foundation (a first among Canadian law firms) to oversee firm-wide charitable giving and sponsorship. Funds available to the Foundation are disbursed under two broad categories of community and local charitable causes and law school donations (through its annual contribution the firm is the exclusive law firm partner of "Pro Bono Students Canada). In the past year, the Foundation contributed funds to over 130 organizations and causes, including hospitals, food banks, youth and cultural programs, local charities, arts organizations, and law schools. The Foundation also celebrates employee volunteers through an annual volunteer recognition award, which awards five employees with a charitable donation to the organization of their choice (with a cumulative donation of $10,000).

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why McCarthy Tétrault LLP was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • McCarthy Tétrault's Pride Network works to increase awareness of LGBT issues, promote professional development and mentoring of LGBT lawyers and encourage networking and business development across all of the firm's offices -- established in 2011, the network coordinates local LGBT activities and and programming, such as celebrations for World Pride and discussions on diversity and inclusion in sports
  • McCarthy Tétrault is in the process of launching a multi-year initiative on mental health, with the first initiatives focused on building awareness amongst senior leaders and eliminating stigma on mental health issues
  • McCarthy Tétrault has maintained a Women's Initiative Network for nearly ten years and is responsible for organizing a variety of initiatives such as the "Women Connecting" outreach program for offices in Ontario -- the firm also piloted a Building Sponsorships program to create flexible business development opportunities for female employees
McCarthy Tétrault employee taking a selfie with the firm's CEO at the holiday party in Toronto, Ontario
McCarthy Tétrault employee speaking at the company's Chinese New Year celebration in Toronto, Ontario
"The firm encourages me to be a leader as a woman and in the LGBT community, in many different ways [...] As a woman and gay lawyer, and as a young mother, I sincerely feel that my Firm really cares about the values carried out by our 'Diversity' program, which is almost a motto. I feel privileged to practise law in a workplace where diversity is a priority, not only in words, but most importantly, in concrete actions." Élisabeth B., Associate, Montreal Office

Highlights

Industry Law Firm
Full-time employees in Canada 1,426
Workforce representation female employees (63 %), female managers (71 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups Pride Network (LGBT), Women's Initiative Network
Formal commitment national diversity committee, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer
Unique diversity initiatives joined Human Dignity Trust legal panel (provides pro bono services to cases challenging the criminalization of homosexuality globally), Judy Project participant (women), Justicia Project participant (women), Building Sponsorships (program to support female lawyers in creating flexible and meaningful business development opportunities)
Diversity community partnerships Black Law Students' Association of Canada, Pride at Work Canada, South Asian Law Students' Association, Ascend Canada (member), Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (member), pro bono legal services to the Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund

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