Justine B. Laurier

Partner

Montréal
JLaurier@blg.com
514.954.2558

Justine’s practice spans all areas of labour and employment law, focusing on defending the interests of both unionized and non-unionized employers.

She advises employers in connection with all areas of human resources management:

  • reorganization of their activities
  • pre-hiring and hiring of employees
  • employee management (performance-related issues, investigations in the workplace, disciplinary measures, disability, etc.)
  • labour relations
  • individual and collective terminations
  • human rights

Justine also has extensive experience with investigations into workplace harassment. She can accompany the firm’s clients throughout the process and conduct investigations on their behalf as well.

Justine also has a business immigration/labour mobility practice. She advises businesses and their executives on the recruitment of foreign workers, as well as on the assignment of personnel within Canada. 

Experience

  • Acted for CiToxLAB Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of AccelLAB Inc.
  • Represented Montréal Gateways Terminals (“MGT”) in the case of Singh et al. v. Montréal Gateways Terminals et al. The plaintiffs, who were of the Sikh religion, were alleging that a mandatory health-and-safety-related policy implemented by MGT, requiring all individuals entering its terminal in the Port of Montréal to wear a protective helmet, infringed their rights of freedom of religion and equality. The Superior Court confirmed that MGT was entitled to require that persons of the Sikh religion wear such hard hats over their turbans, despite their religious beliefs prohibiting them from doing so.
  • Acts as a strategic advisor in cases connected with prevention, planning and management of both individual and collective labour relations and human resources.
  • Represents employers before civil courts, the Tribunal administratif du travail (in labour relations matters), and grievance arbitrators.
  • Drafts employment contracts and service contracts, as well as confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition clauses.
  • Advises employers on psychological harassment investigations in the workplace and provides training to employers.
  • Acts as a trainer and speaker to assist managers working in all types of organizations. In so doing, she works closely with employers in order to provide training programs tailored to their specific needs, especially with respect to the administrative and disciplinary management of employees, investigations of psychological harassment complaints and the use of social media in the workplace.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch, Labour and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Mediation and Arbitration Institute of Québec
  • Member, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee – American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Québec Bar

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Québec

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Benchmark Canada - Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys as a Future Star.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of the Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List
  • Finalist at the 11th "Les Leaders de demain" (The Leaders of Tomorrow) Gala of the Young Bar Association of Montréal in the civil and commercial litigation category

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 2009
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 2004
  • MA, Political Science, Université de Montréal, 2007
  • Graduate, Microprogram in Law and Labour, Université de Montréal, 2012
  • Completed her Barreau du Québec articling period with the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Office, Geneva, 2009