Come join us!

RaiseTheStandard240px_130220In Law Week 2013 (13-19 May), TJMF is launching its ‘Raise the standard’ campaign.

We are joining with legal organisations, law firms and individuals to create the ‘TJMF Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession’; a set of voluntary industry guidelines that help guide legal organisations and workplaces as they work with their colleagues and employees to ensure that lawyers and legal staff receive the most effective professional and personal support in their workplace environment.

The industry has been asking TJMF to help craft a solution to the complex problem of psychological health and safety and we believe that the creation and adoption of the TJMF Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession, is one part of the solution. These Best Practice Guidelines will be the first for any profession in Australia and for the legal industry anywhere in the world.

The guidelines will be based on the work being done by the Mental Health Commission of Canada which has officially released Canada’s first national standard designed to help organisations and their employees improve workplace psychological health and safety. The National Standard of Canada, titled ‘Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation‘ is a voluntary standard focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.

The TJMF Best Practice Guidelines will help guide the legal profession to establish measures that will assist in the promotion and protection of workers’ well-being, job satisfaction, self-esteem and job fulfilment; objectives which have also been clearly shown to lead to improvement in the bottom line.

The TJMF Best Practice Guidelines are being drafted by the TJMF Best Practice Guidelines Subcommittee and are scheduled for release in late 2013, with extensive consultation to occur with all corners of the legal profession through the release of Draft Guidelines and a Public Forum slated for mid-year. We are calling on all members of the legal profession, from lawyers to law students, secretaries, law librarians, clerks and paralegals to contribute to drafting the TJMF Best Practice Guidelines and donate to the Raise the standard campaign.