LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

DHC has a team of professionals specialized in labour and employment law that are recognized for their expertise and the development of original and dynamic intervention methods in all aspects of labour relations.

We assist private companies and public bodies to maintain their optimal workforce efficiency while respecting their social responsibilities.

Above all, our interventions are carried out with a view of fostering the training and autonomy of various stakeholders in labour relations, through a team centric framework involving fruitful exchanges.

We advocate healthy and stimulating working relationships, stemming from the mutual respect of various stakeholders. Our expertise in conflict prevention and resolution combined with our innovative and practical ideas, foster beneficial solutions at lower costs to both parties and greatly reduce the inconveniences that inevitably arise from conflict situations.

Our areas of intervention

  • THE NON-UNIONIZED FRAMEWORK

    • Manage situations and communications regarding various occurrences arising out of labour relations

    • Implement effective and competitive employment policies adapted to each business

    • Train managers to ensure the implementation and monitoring of employment policies

    • Make optimum use of agency or sub-contracting personnel

    • Establish contingency plans in case of union raiding

    • Adequately train managers in case of union raiding

    • Intervene before the Tribunal administratif du travail during all phases of union organizing campaigns

    • Draft employment contracts for different employees according to their hierarchical level and tasks

  • BEFORE THE ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS

    • Represent our clients before administrative tribunals such as the Tribunal administratif du travail (formerly, the Commission des relations du travail and the Commission des lésions professionnelles) or the Commission des droits de la personne, as well as before the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (formerly, the Commission des normes du travail and the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité au travail).

  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

    • Manage financing and classification files

    • Implement occupational health and safety policies

    • Organize and monitor the activities of the health and safety committee

    • Create a demerit point system related to occupational health and safety

    • Refer injured employees to appropriate medical specialists

    • Develop and implement accident investigation and assessment processes

    • Develop and monitor a temporary assignment program

    • Establish and administer prevention mutual groups

    • Assess employers’ OHS profiles

    • Assess occupational injuries, claims management processes, and challenge mechanisms

    • Conduct preventive assessments of policies, processes and management practices already in place to ensure and defend the diligent nature of the employer's actions

    • Represent the business before penal courts upon offences

  • PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

    • Develop an effective personnel selection and evaluation policy

    • Draft the company’s regulations

    • Ensure follow-up with regards to discipline

    • Counsel on matters of employment termination

    • Counsel on matters of collective dismissal and prepare the necessary documents

    • Implement policies to prevent different forms of harassment and discrimination in the workplace

    • Inform employees and train managers to prevent or address workplace harassment, as applicable

    • Carry out workplace investigations in the event of psychological harassment

  • DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

    • Establish drug and alcohol policies custom-tailored for the business

    • Implement rehabilitation programs

  • ADMINISTRATION OF COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS

    • Negotiate collective agreements

    • Proceed with grievance arbitration

    • Develop and negotiate the essential services lists

    • Represent the business in disputes arising from the implementation of essential services

  • PAY EQUITY

    • Establish and maintain a pay equity policy

  • CINEMATOGRAPHIC, TELEVISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTION

    • Intervene in the context of a request for a declaration of employee/artist status

    • Negotiate collective agreements or individual or unique agreements under this specialized field

    • Provide strategic counsel to maximize the production’s organizational structure and maximize tax benefits

    • Develop optimal contractual structures

  • FOREIGN WORKFORCE

    • Work with businesses to meet their labour requirements

    • Prepare immigration applications for foreign workers as required

  • IN-HOUSE TRAINING

    • Targeted and personalized training in all matters relating to labour relations, employment law and occupational health and safety

    • Targeted and personalized training in all matters relating to the management and optimization of human capital