Developing Employment Policies

Developing employment policies and making them available to your staff is important as it ensures that everyone is on the same page, and it can protect your firm in the event of misunderstandings or disagreements. Your employment policies should cover everything from compensation and benefits to equity and accessibility, discrimination and harassment policies, as well as your disciplinary and dispute resolution processes, and policies surrounding leaves and absences. Your employment policies should also address roles and responsibilities, performance measurement, and health and wellness.


Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society “Outline of a Law Office Manual” (January 2024).

Sections 1C, 1D, and 2 are particularly helpful.

Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia, “Office Systems/Procedures”, (n.d.).

Law Society of Ontario, “Employee Delegation and Supervision”, (January 2024),

Edward Poll, “The Nuts and Bolts of Delegation in Law Firms: Build the Right Relationships for the Best Results”, (September 2014). The Canadian Bar Association.