Bill 96 amending the Charter of the French Language: What employers need to know

June 23, 2022

On June 1, 2022, in its drive to strengthen the status of the French language in Québec, the Government of Québec received royal assent to its Bill 96, the Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec. This statute, which amends the Charter of the French Language, imposes new obligations on employers and most of those new obligations came into effect on June 1. Employers will therefore have to adapt their processes and practices in order to meet the new requirements.

Are documents prepared during an internal investigation always protected by litigation privilege?

June 21, 2022

This article is a modified version of a case comment originally published by Éditions Yvon Blais in June 2022 (EYB2022REP3463). 

Litigation privilege is an exception to complete disclosure of the relevant facts in a pre-trial examination and may be invoked in respect of documents drawn up in preparation for litigation, including during an internal investigation. The distinction between an internal investigation conducted in relation to a company’s activities and an investigation conducted in preparation for litigation can sometimes be tenuous, as illustrated by the decision in Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. (Canadian Branch) c. A.H. Lundberg Systems Limited.

Reform to the Charter of the French Language: an overview of the main amendments

June 9, 2022

On May 24, 2022, the Quebec government adopted the Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec (the “Act”). The Act received Royal Assent on June 1st, 2022 and can now be found in Chapter 14 of the 2022 Annual Volume of the Statutes of Quebec (SQ 2022, c. 14).

The Act introduces a broad reform of the Charter of the French language (the “Charter”) and makes amendments to other statutes as well.

Through this reform, the Government of Quebec has not only affirmed that French is the only official language of Quebec, but also that it is the only common language of the Quebec nation.

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Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards 2022

May 9, 2022

For a second consecutive year, Marie-Hélène Jetté recognized as Canada’s Labour and Employment Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation Canada 2022

April 27, 2022

Langlois Lawyers proudly shares that 25 of our partners ranked in the 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation Canada with the firm distinguishing itself once again as a Highly Recommended Firm.

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Langlois joins three Québec Bar conferences this fall

September 10, 2021

Don’t miss the three major Québec Bar conferences that Langlois Lawyers will be taking part in this fall. Some lectures will be held in French only : National Conference on Class Actions (October 21), Rendez-vous de la gouvernance 2021 (November 10) and Recent developments in internal and regulatory investigations (November 18)

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