Two law firms have made the list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2024 — McMillan LLP and Dentons Canada LLP.
This recognition, overseen by Mediacorp Inc., singles out exceptional workplaces in Canada for their innovative practices and forward-thinking strategies.
Celebrating its 25th year, Canada’s Top Employers award distinguishes companies that excel in creating new ways of working, anticipating employees’ needs, and focusing on future skills development. This year’s recipients, including McMillan and Dentons, have been lauded for their commitment to these principles.
McMillan’s inclusion in this list is a testament to its inclusive HR practices, which have been particularly noteworthy.
The firm’s efforts include comprehensive support programs for parents, a workplace culture emphasizing diversity and inclusion, and significant career development opportunities for women. Notably, women comprise 71% of the firm’s management roles. These initiatives form a key part of McMillan’s strategy to foster a supportive and engaging work environment, which has proven pivotal in attracting and retaining top legal talent.
“Our people are our greatest asset, and this recognition reflects the culture of excellence we’ve cultivated,” remarked Paul Davis, Partner and Chair of the Board of Partners at McMillan.
Chief Executive Officer Tim Murphy added, “We have developed a unique and welcoming atmosphere here at McMillan where employees are valued, respected, and empowered. This strong corporate culture nurtures the strong talents we have amongst our ranks. We are honored to receive this recognition.”
Dentons Canada LLP
Mediacorp highlighted a number of areas where Dentons Canada LLP excelled, including a team appreciation week it holds each spring to “formally recognize the hard work and dedication of its employees — social activities from the most recent celebration include a candle making workshop, spa days, a photo treasure hunt, happy hour with mocktails and cocktails, and a Cabane à sucre breakfast.”
It also helps staff prepare for retirement with planning assistance and matching RRSP contributions, and the ability to transition to the next chapter via phased-in work options, gradually reducing hours prior to retirement.
It also offers adoption assistance (up to $15,000); fertility treatment (up to $15,000); and maternity and parental leave top-ups for all new parents (to 100% of salary for up to 26 weeks.)