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Labour and Employment Law

Labor and employment law professionals who understand you

Human capital represents one of the greatest assets of any company today. To succeed, a company or organization must place human resources at the heart of its concerns. In order to obtain optimal results in achieving harmonious labor relations while protecting the rights and interests of the employer, it is important that members of management be well guided, assisted and oriented.

Our professionals specializing in labor and employment law are aware of the extent of this wealth and know the issues associated with it. In addition to mastering legal rules, they excel in human resources management. They have all the necessary assets to adapt to the culture and experience of your company in order to design and implement the solutions best suited to maintaining industrial peace.


Seasoned Negotiators and Customized Solutions

Companies of any size may find themselves facing labour problems. Due to the multitude of labour laws and regulations, it can be difficult to escape pitfalls that may prove costly. We advise our clients in all employment matters and we represent employers and their management teams.

Our attorneys are recognized experts with well-honed negotiating and litigation skills. They take time to familiarize themselves with a client’s corporate culture so as to propose solutions that are best suited to its needs.

  • Labor relations in unionized and non-unionized environments
  • Labor relations with businesses under provincial and federal jurisdiction
  • Drafting employment contracts, confidentiality clauses, non-competition and non-solicitation of customers, and employee manuals
  • Human rights and discrimination
  • Negotiation and arbitration of collective agreements
  • Respect for labor standards
  • Pay equity
  • Grievance arbitration
  • Prevention of psychological and sexual harassment
  • Dismissals and layoffs
  • Occupational health and safety: prevention and compensation
  • Workforce restructuring during the sale or merger of companies
  • Advice and representation during strikes and lockouts
  • Picketing injunctions and controls
  • Judicial control of administrative acts
  • Interventions before specialized bodies: Commission on Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work, Administrative Labor Tribunal, Canadian Industrial Relations Council, etc.
  • Employer representation during accreditation requests
  • Training of management staff for a positive, proactive and effective approach to labor relations
  • Labor relations in the fields of construction and transport

We provide clients with the day-to-day counselling that assists them in maintaining compliance with applicable laws. We urge them to avoid litigation by dealing with their employees effectively and fairly within the bounds of the law.

Our approach is to put the emphasis on counsel and planning in order to minimize time and cost factors associated with litigation. By planning successfully and guiding employers through situations such as workforce reductions, individual termination or disciplinary actions, we assist our clients in the administration and implementation of policies that comply with federal and provincial laws. We give clients practical advice intended to improve the work climate and increase productivity.

Our group represents corporate clients, large and small, in connection with all aspects of the employment relationship, especially collective bargaining. We serve a diverse clientele in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, processing, retail, pharmaceuticals and resources. We represent Canadian, U.S. and European companies, providing them with strategic and tactical advice on collective bargaining and arbitration matters, as well as a variety of employment, labour relations, and occupational health and safety issues. We have represented them before administrative courts and judicial tribunals.

Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of all aspects of federal and provincial labour and employment laws. Because Quebec labour and employment law is unique, and the province has the most liberal legislation in Canada, particularly with respect to the rights of unionized and non-unionized employees, our team is favourably positioned to service the needs of clients in this area.

Work and employment

Our labor law team is made up of renowned lawyers, supported by quality succession. This versatile team has many years of experience in negotiating and drafting collective agreements as well as in the arbitration of grievances and disputes. Our lawyers intervene before civil and administrative courts in disputes related to labor relations.

  • Arbitration of grievances and disputes
  • Dismissal and disciplinary measures
  • Employment contracts and agreements
  • Individual employment contracts and labor standards
  • Judicial review of labor court decisions
  • Human rights and freedoms and discrimination
  • Developing and implementing workplace policies and procedures
  • Salary equity
  • Job evaluation
  • Professional injuries (compensation and financing)
  • Accreditation disputes
  • Negotiation of collective agreements
  • Prevention in occupational health and safety
  • Compensation, pension plans and benefits
  • Unionization, certification and disputes related to union actions or labor conflicts