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Health and Group Benefits Lawyer

Willis Towers Watson

in Toronto, Ontario

The Technical Services Unit is a team of attorneys and other professionals within the Research and Innovation Center (RIC) who provide centralized support to the U.S. and Canadian associates on the legal, regulatory and policy issues affecting our clients’ employee benefit plans and compensation programs. Based primarily in Arlington, Virginia, Stamford, Connecticut and Toronto, Ontario, Technical Services staff work directly with consultants to: support Line of Business (LOB) initiatives; respond to inquiries on legal and regulatory issues; prepare written material on legal and regulatory developments for internal and external client use; assist with client assignments related to all aspects of benefits and assist with training and quality assurance on legal and regulatory issues.

The Role

The position is an attorney in the Toronto office that will support our Human Capital and Benefits (HCB) segment in Canada as a technical expert with a primary focus on Health and Benefits-related legal and regulatory developments. The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Serving as a primary author of client advisories, consultant advisories and other intellectual capital and government submissions (collaborating with colleagues in the LOB and Marketing, as appropriate);
  • Performing research and advising clients and consultants on a wide range of health and benefits issues; and
  • Monitoring for legislation, regulations and case law with respect to health care in various jurisdictions throughout Canada.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Deeply enhance your technical skill set with respect to health and benefit plans, while working closely with expert colleagues,
  • Build relationships with Canadian associates by providing expertise and advice on health care-related legislative and policy developments,
  • Directly contribute to the core business strategy of the firm by creating groundbreaking and timely intellectual capital, and
  • Work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, which also respects work/life balance. 
  • Serve a national technical resource for associates on legislative and regulatory issues
  • Monitor for legislative and regulatory developments that impact health and benefit plans
  • Ensure internal and external clients are regularly informed about the implications and opportunities that changing laws and regulations have on the design, administration and governance of health and benefit plans
  • Respond on a timely and effective basis to requests for assistance from Canadian associates concerning technical/regulatory issues

The Requirements

  • Law degree and 8+ years relevant employee benefits experience at a legal, accounting or consulting firm, or in a corporate legal department
  • Substantial knowledge of the design and ongoing administration needs of Canadian health and benefit programs
  • Substantial knowledge of relevant benefits, tax and employment law
  • Ability to analyze complex legal and regulatory developments affecting benefit plans and their employer-sponsors and share key implications and insights in cogent written form
  • Strong service orientation and sense of urgency regarding clients’ needs,
  • Collaborative style suited to working on a team with expert colleagues who strive to ensure the quality of one another’s work
  • Effective speaking and presentation skills for occasional internal training and client contact.

The Company

Willis Towers Watson is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees serving more than 140 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas – the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer

Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a protected veteran, or disability.

Unsolicited Contact: Any unsolicited resumes/candidate profiles submitted through our web site or to personal e-mail accounts of employees of Willis Towers Watson are considered property of Willis Towers Watson and are not subject to payment of agency fees. In order to be an authorized Recruitment Agency/Search Firm for Willis Towers Watson, any such agency must have an existing formal written agreement signed by an authorized Willis Towers Watson recruiter and an active working relationship with the organization. Resumes must be submitted according to our candidate submission process, which includes being actively engaged on the particular search. Likewise, for our authorized Recruitment Agencies/Search Firms, if the candidate submission process is not followed, no agency fees will be paid by Willis Towers Watson. Willis Towers Watson is an equal opportunity employer.

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