Lawyer, Partner - Montréal
Catherine Biron, CPHR, is a partner in the Montréal office of Langlois Lawyers. She advises and represents businesses on all aspects of labour and employment law, human rights, company policies, health and safety and working relations.
Catherine holds a master’s degree in labour law and human rights law from the University of Oxford (England) and she is a graduate of McGill’s Executive Institute, as well as CPHR. She represents and counsels unionized and non-unionized businesses and assists SMEs and large businesses operating under both provincial and federal regulatory jurisdictions.
Catherine is highly skilled in labour relations and is recognized for her practical approach and ability to act in complex and sensitive matters. She is involved in the negotiation of collective agreements as well as in mediation and she represents businesses before all courts and tribunals regarding the management of employees and in a broad range of labour relations and employment law matters (grievances, civil remedies, human rights and allegations of discrimination, remedies for harassment or other allegations of labour standard violations, occupational health and safety, to give but a few examples). She has in-depth knowledge of and a practical approach to performance management, absenteeism, problematic behaviour in the workplace, and issues related to workplace health and safety.
Catherine is recognized by both clients and peers for her pragmatic approach and tact. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and provides practical training tools to managers. She regularly takes part in group presentations on workplace contemporary issues (Québec’s Employer Council, CPHR, BoD). Catherine is on board several committees at the firm, as well as those from external bodies.
Mini-MBA, McGill Executive Institute, 2019-2020
M.Jur. (Master’s degree), University of Oxford, 2006
LL.B., Université de Montréal, 2004
Rankings & Recognitions
- Benchmark Litigation Canada 2021
- Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2021
- Lexpert® Rising Stars 2020 – Leading Lawyers Under 40
- Chambers Canada 2021
- The Best Lawyers in Canada 2021
- Benchmark Litigation Canada 2020
As part of her studies at the University of Oxford, Catherine received a scholarship from The Canadian Bar Association and a scholarship from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture.
Areas of Practice
- 2021 – The bill to amend the Charter of the French Language: expected impacts for employers in Quebec
- 2020 – Federally regulated employers, be prepared: new Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations due to take effect in a few months
- 2020 – How to mobilize a union during difficult economic times
- 2020 – Change management post-COVID-19
- 2020 – COVID-19: Order in Council 223-2020 on essential services and the legal risks of noncompliance
- 2019 – Personnel placement agencies and temporary foreign worker recruitment agencies: a new regulation changes the game, be prepared
- 2019 – Revamp of the Canada Labour Code: Overview of the Principal Amendments to Part III
- 2019 – Do Employers Really Have an Obligation to “Accommodate” an Incompetent Worker? Must the Worker Be Offered Another Position Within the Enterprise?
- 2019 – Modifications to the Canada Labour Code: Overview of the Amendments on Harassment and Violence in the Workplace
- 2019 – Draft Regulation Respecting Personnel Placement Agencies: Consultations Underway on Likely Impacts
2015 – « Maternity and paternity in Quebec: two different concepts »
2014 – « Psychological harassment in the workplace: it can cost you dearly »
- 2021 – Businesses face major challenge with absenteeism
- 2020 – Series of Workshops on Labour and Employment Law 2019-2020 | Personnel Placement Agencies and the Businesses That Use Them Should Be Aware of a New Reality
- 2019 – Symposium 2019 – Labour & Employment Law
- 2020 – Catherine Biron and Catherine Cayer to take part in a webinar on the Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations
Catherine has presented at conferences on the following topics:
2020-2021 – CPHR conferences (information segments, podcasts, conferences), fall 2020 and June 2021.
2017 – Managing alcohol and drug addiction problems in the workplace and the approach to use in view of the legalization of marijuana
2011 to 2017 – Hot topics in employment and labour law
2015 – Monitoring video surveillance by the employer
2011, 2015 and 2016 – Time theft, disability management, administrative termination of employment, and workplace attendance management
2011 and 2016 – Managing unionized and non-unionized workplace environments
2008, 2011 and 2015 – Workplace harassment and harassment investigations
2010 – The benefits and risks associated with social media
Since 2021 – Administrator on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Montreal
Since 2020 – Member of the Equality Committee of The Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch
Since 2020 – Member of the Citizenship and Charters Committee of The Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch
Since 2019 – Member of the Board of Directors, Québec Cinéma
The Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch
Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CPHR Québec Association)