Lawyer, Partner - Quebec City
Pierre-Olivier Lessard is a partner in the labour and administrative law department of Langlois lawyers.
His practice is focused on labour relations, employment law and administrative law. He advises an extensive clientele in those areas, comprised primarily of employers in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and the agro-food industry, whom he also represents before courts and labour and administrative tribunals, on matters such as disciplinary and administrative measures, dismissals, psychological harassment, occupational injuries and grievances arising from the interpretation of collective agreements.
Pierre-Olivier acts as counsel and spokesperson during collective-agreement negotiations. He is also proficient in drafting employment agreements, particularly non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality clauses, and acts in matters involving unfair competition, illegal solicitation and misuse of confidential information.
LL.B., Civil Law, Laval University, 2004
Areas of Practice
Defended manufacturing enterprises in connection with grievances
Represented employers in the manufacturing sector in connection with grievances concerning disciplinary and administrative measures, dismissal, psychological harassment and issues involving overtime and outsourcing.
Charter of rights
Represented employers in lawsuits involving issues of privacy, discrimination, reasonable accommodation, electronic surveillance (GPS, cameras); investigations and surveillance, alcohol addiction, last chance agreements, etc.
Acted in connection with proceedings to obtain an order for the seizure of confidential documents, orders to enjoin the illegal solicitation of employees and clients, and damages.
Defended a school board in connection with a grievance contesting a dismissal
Defended a school board in connection with a grievance contesting the dismissal of a teacher for assaulting primary school pupils.
Defended a school board in connection with a motion for an injunction
Participated in defending a school board against a motion for an injunction brought by parents demanding that their autistic child be admitted to a normal class, and claiming significant damages for breach of the equality right guaranteed by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
- 2019 – Understanding the Criteria for Admissibility of a Surveillance Operation as Evidence
- 2016 – Replacing a Contractor’s Key Employees During a Project and the Penalties for Doing So: How to Reduce the Risks?
- 2016 – Employers’ Disciplinary Power Regarding Conduct Outside the Workplace
- 2016 – Physical and Verbal Aggression on the Part of a Teacher May Result in Dismissal
- 2016 – Work Life Balance: Do Employers Have a Duty to Accommodate?
- 2013 – Three New Partners
2004 – “Le cyberconsommateur averti” (The Smart Cyber-consumer)
- 2019 – Education Law – Review of the 2018 Case Law
- 2019 – Symposium 2019 – Labour & Employment Law
- 2018 – Third Continuing Legal Education Symposium on Labour and Employment Law 2018 | The Zero-Tolerance Challenge for Harassment
- 2018 – Education Law – Review of the 2017 Case Law
- 2018 – First Continuing Legal Education Symposium on Labour and Employment Law 2018 | Recent Developments in Non-Competition and Duty of Loyalty Obligations
- 2017 – 360 Degrees of Employment Law | Legalized Cannabis: Impacts for Employers
- 2017 – Symposium on Labour & Employment Law
- 2016 – Symposium on Labour & Employment Law
- 2015 – Symposium on Labour & Employment Law
- 2014 – LKD-Conference in collaboration with SODES
- 2014 – Symposium on Labour & Employment Law
2009 to 2015 – Member of the board of directors of the hostel Centre international de séjour de Québec, part of the Hostelling International – Canada network (vice-chair in 2014).
2004 – Member of the winning duo at Laval University’s Dean’s Cup mooting competition
2004 – Best Pleader award for the semi-final of Laval University’s Dean’s Cup mooting competition