Lawyer, Partner - Montréal
Laurence Bourgeois-Hatto is a partner in the Langlois lawyers’ Montréal office. She practises primarily in the area of labour and employment law. She specializes in occupational health and safety matters regarding issues within the jurisdiction of the Administrative Labour Tribunal (ALT) as well as penal infractions prosecuted by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) (labour standards, employment equity and occupational health and safety board) that are heard in the Court of Québec’s Criminal and Penal Division.
Laurence also advises employers in connection with employment agreements, labour relations, collective agreement decrees and the protection of personal information. She has developed particular expertise with respect to labour relations in the construction industry.
She also has litigation experience, including in an important copyright case, injunction files and work stoppages in connection with strikes and lock-outs. Finally, she has been involved in collective negotiations on behalf of the Quebec government that culminated in the conclusion of a collective agreement for family day-care workers.
Laurence regularly appears before the courts in civil and penal matters, as well as before administrative tribunals such as the Administrative Labour Tribunal (ALT).
Before joining Langlois lawyers, Laurence practiced with a national Canadian law firm that she joined in 2008.
She practises law in both languages English and French.
LLB, University of Montréal, 2008
Minor in Communication sciences, University of Montréal, 2005
- 2020 – Supreme Court confirms that workplace safety can supersede freedom of religion
- 2020 – COVID-19: sound OHS practices key to continued operations
- 2020 – Relief for employers as payment of dues to CNESST is deferred
- 2020 – Criminal negligence of an employer: imposition of a severe and onerous penalty
- 2019 – Difficulty in Conciliating Freedom of Religion and the Protection of Workers
- 2018 – The Quebec Court of Appeal Confirms the Power of the Administrative Labour Tribunal to Determine a Worker’s Capacity to Return to Pre-Injury Employment on a Case-By-Case Basis
- 2018 – Worker Safety on Construction Sites: a Contractor Found Guilty of Manslaughter
- 2018 – The Court of Appeal Clarifies the Rules for Transferring Benefit Costs
- 2018 – Caron: The Supreme Court Reiterates the Employer’s Duty to Accommodate
- 2016 – Workplace Safety Obligations at the Port of Montreal: Hardhats Over Turbans
- 2016 – Statements of Offence Can Now Cost You Even More!
- 2016 – Unreasonable Delays in Criminal and Penal Matters: the Supreme Court Toughens the Rules!
- 2016 – The Supreme Court of Canada Confirms the Primacy of the Professional Secrecy of Lawyers and Notaries Over Government Audits
- 2016 – Montreal’s Blue Collar Union Tries to Avoid Paying $2 Million in Punitive Damages: the Court of Appeal Says No!
- 2016 – Inherent Financing Costs
- 2016 – Fatal Work Accident: an Ontario Court Sentences a Project Manager to 3 ½ Years in Prison
- 2015 – Obligation to Accommodate and the Act Respecting Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases: the CSST and the CLP Now Have to Take Them Into Account
- 2015 – Workplace Safety: a Contractor Loses his Construction Licence and is Charged With Manslaughter
- 2015 – June 6, 2015 is the Deadline for Safe Management of Asbestos by Employers