Current affairs

Provincial Elections: The Polls Are Opening

September 24th, 2018

What are the employers’ obligations?

On October 1st, 2018, provincial elections will be held in Québec. The Election Act sets out certain specific obligations for employers during a provincial election.


New rights for employees with respect to leave and authorized absences

August 29th, 2018

Read the analysis of our specialists

Bill 176, which was adopted by the National Assemblye on June 12 2018, has introduced some major changes to the labour standards, in particular several amendments with respect to leaves and authorized absences.


BCF welcomes four experienced lawyers to its employment and labor law team

August 24th, 2018

Nicola Di Iorio, Geneviève Beaudin and Mélanie Sauriol join our team of partners.


The End of the So-Called "Orphan" Clauses Relating to Pension Plans and Other Employee Benefits

July 24th, 2018

Bill 176, as adopted by the National Assembly, henceforth hinders the application of so-called "orphan" clauses which cause employees hired after a given date to be entitled to a pension plan and/or other employee benefits that are less advantageous compared to that to which employees hired before said date are entitled.


New obligations for personnel placement agencies and employers who retain their services

July 19th, 2018

Bill 176 adopted on 12 June 2018 notably reinforced the obligations for personnel placement agencies, recruitment agencies for temporary foreign workers as well as for employers who are retaining their services.


The new deadline for filing a harassment complaint is two years

July 17th, 2018

Among the provisions of Bill 176 is Section 42 which modifies the deadline for filing a complaint of psychological harassment. Applicable since June 12, 2018, the deadline is extended from 90 days to 2 years from the last incidence of the offending behaviour.


Student Summer Work: Does a Lower Salary Constitute Discrimination?

June 5th, 2018

Students hired for the summer period could be entitled to the same hourly rate as the employees they replace, if their work is equivalent. Last month, the Human Rights Tribunal of Quebec ruled in favour of this request. An overview of the serious consequences for employers.


Marijuana Legalization: What to expect for employers?

April 19th, 2018

Since the federal government has announced its bill on cannabis legalization, many employers are concerned, rightly so, by the impending impacts in the workplace. Here are important things to keep in mind as you manoeuver with the new legislation.


Bill 176 modifying the labor standards: significant impacts for employers

March 22nd, 2018

An analysis of our labor and employment law team of the impacts of the draft law on employers following its tabling in the National Assembly on March 20, 2018.


What's new in Labour law 2017

October 5th, 2017

Seminar hosted by the Labour and Employment Law group in Québec City on October 13th.


Seven ways you can benefit from the opening of the European market

September 5th, 2017

Are you ready for Europe?

Our Legal Counsel, Didier Culat is featured in the September 4th edition of the business section of La Presse.



May 9th, 2017

Over the years, the global market growth and prominence of sectors such as high technology, e-commerce, and the Internet, which flout borders, have led the courts to consider the territorial scope of such clauses in a different light.


Precautionary Measures for Holiday Parties

December 13th, 2016

An important reminder at this time of the year

Read the list of employers responsibilities.



December 5th, 2016

Having brilliantly completed their Barreau du Québec internship amid the BCF team, Vincent Chaurette, Érika Bernard, Marc Étienne Boucher and David Siméon have agreed to launch their careers as lawyers with our firm.


Non-Competition Clauses in the Course of Employment: A Consideration is a Must

August 3rd, 2016

Make sure you use the right approach

The signature of such restrictive clauses in the course of employment is subject to a rigorous exercise. Our lawyer Claudia Parent explains what you need to know on this issue.


All you need to know about Québec's National Holiday, Canada Day and the Labour Standards Act

June 21st, 2016

To fully comply with the law, remember the following important rules

This year, the National Holiday and Canada Day both fall on a Friday. This could be a real headache for employers.


The CSST and the CLP Will Examine the Duty to Accommodate

August 6th, 2015

Important changes regarding employment injuries to consider by businesses.

A decision of the Quebec Court of Appeal will force both commissions and employers to review how they handle employment injuries cases.