Vanessa Lapointe provides strategic advice to unionized and non-unionized companies. Vanessa acts as a trusted partner on matters including:
- workplace investigations;
- human resources policies and procedures;
- collective bargaining, collective agreements and grievances;
- union-organizing campaigns;
- hiring, employment contracts, discipline and termination;
- human rights; and
- restrictive covenants.
Vanessa advises both federally and provincially-regulated companies and represents them before civil courts (wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and other civil litigation), and administrative tribunals (human rights tribunals and Administrative Labour Tribunal).
She also assists foreign companies, particularly American and French, with aspects of employment law pertaining to their Canadian and Québec operations.
Vanessa regularly works with BLG’s Mergers and Acquisitions team as an employment law specialist in the context of due diligence processes.
Vanessa is an experienced speaker and trainer. She has given conferences and facilitated training nationally on topics including workplace harassment and discrimination prevention, investigation techniques and cognitive bias.
Vanessa is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Italian and Spanish. She is admitted to both the Quebec and Ontario bar.