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Legal Officer (JLG/LO 2)
Job SummaryTo provide legal advice to Heads of Department, other Ministry Representatives and external bodies, on specific legal issues which impact the Labour and Industrial Relations arena, as well as employment law.
In addition, provide general legal support to the mentioned Departments and take the necessary legal action in particular matters at hand.
- Assigns work (typing of correspondence, legal documents, memoranda, etc) to Secretary within the Unit;
- Ensures receipt of, and proper filing of copies of correspondence; Ensures list of files is updated;
- Ensures dispatch of urgent letters, documents, etc., Deputizes in the absence of the Legal Officer (LO 3).
- Conducts research as it regards to both legal and quasi-legal matters;
- Provides legal advice and opinions (oral and written) to Officers of the Ministry, external bodies and/or members of the public;
- Liaises with the various Officers of this Ministry, as well as the relevant persons at the external bodies seeking advice, for the purpose of clarifying any issue or obtaining further facts necessary to the framing of a legal opinion or advice;
- Interprets and administers over twenty (20) Labour and Social Security Laws, as well as other laws which impact on the policies and programmes of the Ministry;
- Liaises with and prepares briefs and opinions for the Attorney General’s Chambers on matters affecting the Ministry’s policies and programmes;
- Assists in negotiating the process of drafting new legislation and amendments to the existing legislations;
- Instructs and liaises with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in the preparation of amendments to the various Labour and Social Security Legislation;
- Drafts Cabinet Submissions, Legislation Committee Submissions, Statement/Briefs, letters and other documents on behalf of the Ministry;
- Prepares demand letters in respect of non-compliance with Labour Laws;
- Prepares, reviews and amends contracts and other agreements on behalf of the Ministry;
- Representing the Unit/Ministry at internal and external meetings;
- Instructs and liaises with the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to Court proceedings as it regards the breach of legislations administered by the Ministry, rulings on case files and initiation of proceedings under the National Insurance and Labour Legislation;
- Conducts and watches Court proceedings on behalf of the Ministry;
- Instructs and liaises with Clerk of the Court, Court Officials in the conduct of proceedings in which the Ministry has an interest;
- Liaises with the Clerk to the Houses of Parliament in relation to matters to be tabled or debated in Parliament involving Legislation administered by the Ministry;
- Researches policy issues to assist in making recommendations for the amendments for Labour and Social Security Legislations;
- Liaises with the Jamaica Printing Services in relation to the printing and gazetting of documents and legislation that affect the work of the Ministry;
- Conducts training seminars/workshops and make presentations to internal and external clients;
- Carries out any other duties that may be assigned to the Office of the Legal Officer.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies
- Excellent knowledge of Jamaican law and particularly Labour and Social Security Legislations
- Excellent knowledge of the Ministry’s policies and procedures
- Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
- Good problem solving skills and tenacity
- Good leadership and interpersonal skills
- Excellent teamwork skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Legal Opinions and Advice are produced to the required standards and within established timeframes (ie. The Legal Profession Act, 1971 and the Standards of Professional Etiquette and Conduct for Attorneys-at-Law pursuant to Section 12(7) of the Act
- Legal Opinions and Advice are produced within established timeframes
- Confidentiality and integrity are exercised
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
- Bachelor of Laws Degree;
- Certificate of Legal Education (CLE);
- Two (2) years’ experience as a practicing Attorney in the Public or Private Sector. Experience conducting proceedings at the Parish Court would be an asset.
Special Conditions Associated with the Job
- Required to travel intra island and overseas;
- Required to work outside of normal working hours and weekends, when necessary;
- Required to attend Conciliation and Wage Negotiation meeting;
- Required to exercise initiative when necessary.
Salary range $1,950,870 – 2,318,971 per annum and any allowance(s) attached to the post.
Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.