Legal Counsel, Global HR Policy

Scotiabank   •  

Toronto, ON

Industry: Financial Services


8 - 10 years

Posted 370 days ago

Job Purpose:

Responsible for the design, development and interpretation of global or domestic non-compensation human resources policies that are pragmatic, strategically focused, and aligned with Scotiabank’s Employer of Choice, Employment Brand, Diversity and Talent Management initiatives. 

This role influences the understanding and adoption of principles, policies and practices that ensure compliance in the areas of employment, human rights, health and safety, employment equity and employment standards.

Major Accountabilities:

Policy Development:

  • Provide project management expertise in the design of new, or the review of existing non-compensation policies ensuring alignment with Scotiabank’s HR strategies and relevant legislation.
  • Develop project plans that ensure the timely completion of key deliverables.
  • Draft policies, principles and communication tools that are concise, accurate and that address employee needs.
  • Develop global principles, and consistently apply the Global HR Policy Compliance Framework across locations outside Canada.
  • Chair or participate in policy related forums (e.g. OHS Corporate Policy Committee; Global HRPGC).


Best Practice Research:

  • Conduct best practice research to determine what tools, practices or policies could be applied to Scotiabank’s work environment.
  • Recommend and present to management new tendencies in the market or based on changes in legislation that  require changes/updates to Scotiabank’s internal global HR Policies.


Policy monitoring:

  • Educate, advise and support Human Resources and other business partners to enable situational problem-solving and the appropriate application of policies and tools.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and leadership while formulating workable solutions to issues in cooperation with otherHR professionals:



  • Decision making:
  • Determines own work priorities.
  • Requires sound judgment and discretion in making day-to-day decisions.
  • This position deals with time sensitive timelines, requiring strict confidentiality and accuracy.
  • The incumbent is expected to troubleshoot and make independent decisions within defined parameters on day to day assignments and seek guidance/clarity on policy and objectives from line management.
  • Any unclear direction or contentious issues are to be referred to the line manager with recommendations if applicable.


Key Competencies/Work Experience:

  • Expert knowledge of government legislation and applicable regulations in Canada and sound knowledge in international locations.
  • Effective communication skills to interact effectively with business line management and subject matter experts.
  • Well-developed written, oral and writing skills to facilitate clear communication with clients and stakeholders.
  • Well-developed time management skills to satisfy the needs of a varied client group.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong knowledge of Scotiabank HR policies and procedures.
  • Strong negotiation and consultation skills to influence desired outcomes.
  • Well-developed project management.

Educational Requirements:

  • Graduate of a recognized law school
  • Membership in the Law Society of one of the provinces of Canada.

Requisition ID: 6921.