Mandatory Minimum Compensation for Articling/LPP Students: The Law Society of Ontario Wants Your Feedback
There is an ongoing debate among the Benchers of the Law Society of Ontario about one aspect of the lawyer licensing process and they want to hear your opinion.
In December 2018 the Benchers approved the implementation of mandatory minimum compensation for articling and law practice program (LPP) students, which would be equivalent to statutory minimum wage. The decision was partially based on research showing that, while most placements were paid, approximately 10-15% of the placements, or 130-150 articling students, are paid below statutory minimum wage or are not paid at all!
Subsequently, a new report was made in November 2021 which recommended that minimum compensation be encouraged rather than made mandatory. You can read the 2021 report (which includes the 2018 report) here.
The Benchers have now deferred the vote on this issue to consult with and receive feedback from licensees, articling students, the public, etc. It's your turn to speak up.
In brief, some of the arguments against mandatory minimum compensation have included:
Some of the arguments for mandatory minimum compensation include:
Have thoughts on this issue? We are sure you do. Don’t stay silent!
You can read more about where/how to email your comments here. Your comments must be received by March 15, 2022.
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