The law firm where I work three days a week is dissolving.

This firm has been a Toronto institution for more than 40 years, and the news is rocking the Toronto legal community. My co-workers are all freaking out - and of course everyone will be going after the same jobs.

My situation is different, since I want to work on weekends. There aren't many weekend positions, but there are even fewer good people to fill them. Plus, I was already looking - trying to find something with better hours. Of course, I was hoping to be employed while I looked, but hey.

The firm is paying us until June 6. That's a decent amount of time to find something. And if nothing comes up, I can always temp.


Miche said...

Wow. Sorry to hear the decision was made for you, but glad to hear that it isn't entirely soul-crushing for you.

Hang tough and here's hoping that a wonderful opportunity will come your way in short order!

laura k said...

Thank you Miche, I appreciate it.

No chance of this being soul-crushing, thankfully. This is my "day job" that supports my real work as a writer. My freelance writing is the (usually) poorly paid work that sustains me in all ways but financially. The law firm work is the steady income that supports the writing and a decent lifestyle. I need both, but the legal support work is a lot easier to come by.

It is a drag when the decision is made for you, though!

Ferdzy said...

Well, that's got to be a nuisance, even if it isn't a disaster. Sorry to hear it.

Hope you find a better job, ideally with a nice little bit of time off to enjoy in the middle.

laura k said...

Thanks Ferdzy. Yes, that's what it is - a nuisance. A %^&?# nuisance.

I definitely don't want time off in the middle. The lack of paycheque would be a drag, especially since I have some little trips ($$) coming up.

I'm hoping to find a new position before this one ends on June 6.

M@ said...

Sorry to hear this! Unemployment sucks! Here's hoping you'll find something soon.

I wanted to share with you some good news, if you haven't already seen it:


The vagina crackdown (okay, is there any way to talk about this without naming potential porn movie titles?!) has been lifted, and the hoo-ha brou-ha-ha is ended. Good news all round. Eve Ensler has also been invited by parents to speak at the school -- an extremely cool outcome.

In fact the only problem I have with this story is the comma in the headline. Literally.

laura k said...

M@, thanks for the link and the news! I hadn't heard, as I've been in my own writing universe. I'll post a follow-up.

Thanks for the good wishes, too. :)

laura k said...

The vagina crackdown (okay, is there any way to talk about this without naming potential porn movie titles?!)


Anonymous said...

That's a real bummer and I'm sorry to hear that. I was where you are about a year ago.

Just the same, you can get unemployment benefits, no? And I understand that the Canadian benefits are rather generous, at least what you'd get in the states.

Best of luck with the job search.

laura k said...

Thanks for the good wishes.

Just the same, you can get unemployment benefits, no?

I suppose I'm eligible for EI (employment insurance), but if I don't find something, I'll get temp work, so I don't think I'll apply. It would only be a last resort.

And I understand that the Canadian benefits are rather generous

No, actually, they're not. Not in Ontario, anyway.

laura k said...

Oops, my mistake, EI is administered at the federal level, not provincial.

Employment Insurance is about 55% of previous earnings, up to a maximum of $413 per week, which is taxed.

The one time I colleceted Unemployment in the US, the maximum was $300. That was in 1994. It was also subject to income tax, at a very high rate.

Crabbi said...

Hey, sorry to hear that. With your experience and skills, though, I'm sure you'll find something very soon!