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Pierre-Luc Desgagné’s experience in crisis management highlighted in l’Actualité magazine

December 12, 2017

The 1998 ice storm, the worst natural catastrophe Quebec has ever experienced, occurred 20 years ago. Pierre-Luc Desgagné, who was then working in the office of Quebec’s premier, was recently interviewed, along with several other individuals involved, on the challenges they had to overcome in order to ensure the effective deployment of remedial operations. All of the interviews are featured in an article published in the most recent edition of l’Actualité magazine, entitled “Le grand récit de la crise du verglas”.

The Expertise of Langlois lawyers in Employment and Labour Law Is Highlighted in a Front-Page Article in La Presse

December 8, 2017

It’s not easy for employers to plan festive and enjoyable holiday season get-togethers for their employees, as constant vigilance on their part is required. In this regard, the expertise of Geneviève Beaudin, a partner in the employment and labour law group at Langlois lawyers, was highlighted in an article entitled “Les partys de bureau à l’ère du #MeToo” recently published on the front page of newspaper La Presse.

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Pierre-Luc Desgagné Speaks on the Evolution of Climate and Energy Files After President Trump’s First Year in Office

November 9, 2017 - University of Quebec at Montréal

On November 9, Pierre-Luc Desgagné, a partner in the business law group, was invited by the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies of the University of Quebec at Montréal to speak on the evolution of energy and climate files since the election of Donald Trump, during a panel discussion on relations between Quebec and the United States.

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Articles

Is an Injury Sustained While Clearing Snow off a Vehicle an “Automobile Accident”?

December 11, 2017

This article is a modified version of a case comment initially published by Éditions Yvon Blais in November 2017(EYB2017REP2353).
The Automobile Insurance Act (the “Act”) is intended to facilitate the indemnification of victims of road accidents, through a no-fault insurance regime. However, not every mishap in connection with an automobile necessarily constitutes an “accident” as defined in the Act, as the decision in Blackburn v. Vaillancourt shows.

Dismissal of an Incompetent Employee: the Superior Court Weighs in on the Matter of the Employer’s Obligation to Reassign the Employee Prior to Dismissal

December 5, 2017

A ruling rendered by the Honourable Justice Pierre C. Gagnon of the Superior Court revisits the test proposed by the Québec Court of Appeal in 2005 in the Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. matter with regards to administrative dismissal for incompetence. The Superior Court rules that, before proceeding with the dismissal of an incompetent employee, the employer must (i) follow the five criteria outlined by the Court of Appeal and (ii) have made a reasonable attempt to find an alternate solution to dismissal. We will examine this matter in further details below.

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