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Labour, employment and immigration

When it comes to labour, employment and immigration law, Dunton Rainville can meet your needs in any situation.

The depth and diversity of our team’s expertise in this area enables us to handle files of all kinds.

Employment law

Dunton Rainville’s labour lawyers advise employers in the public, parapublic and private sectors. Our legal advice spans the full spectrum of employment law and extends to labour relations in both unionized and non-unionized environments.

We represent clients in the manufacturing, aerospace, transportation, service, construction, municipalities, health and education sectors.

Dunton Rainville brings together not only experienced lawyers, but also specialists in labour relations, mediation, administrative reorganization, transition management, coaching and organizational development. Our team of professionals also has in-depth knowledge of the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) occupational health and safety files, including work-related accidents and illnesses, as well as issues related to psychological and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Specialized services:

  • Human rights and freedoms in an employment context
  • Pay equity
  • Labour standards
  • Dismissals and layoffs (dismissal remedies; mass layoffs)
  • Grievance arbitration
  • Representation before administrative and judicial tribunals
  • Collective and individual labour relations
  • Essential services
  • Negotiation and arbitration of collective agreements
  • Drafting of employment contracts, confidentiality and non-competition clauses

Occupational health and safety

Dunton Rainville brings together a team of lawyers who specialize in occupational health and safety (OHS). We have also strengthened our offering in this area through DR Conseils, a subsidiary of the firm that specializes in OHS matters (prevention, compensation and financing).

We advise a wide range of clients on a variety of OHS issues, including public and private sector employers of all sizes, directors and officers, human resources managers, professionals and supervisors.

In the event of litigation, our lawyers also represent clients before all competent administrative and judicial bodies, including the CNESST, the Tribunal administratif du travail and the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Specialized services:

  • Development of legal strategies for compensation, financing and prevention
  • Interpretation of applicable laws, regulations and labour agreements
  • OHS litigation
  • Research on legal precedents
  • Training on specific OHS topics, including prevention
  • Harassment and violence in the workplace
  • Criminal complaints
  • Investigations, sanctions and remedies, particularly in cases of malpractice or harassment
  • Management of occupational injury claims

Immigration and citizenship law

Dunton Rainville’s immigration and citizenship lawyers handle a wide range of cases for both companies and individuals.

In the context of international mobility and the labour shortage in Québec, our lawyers respond to clients’ pressing business needs by assisting in their dealings with the government, particularly to obtain work permits for their employees.

Our team also provides state-of-the-art services for personal immigration projects. Our extensive experience enables us to guide our clients throughout the immigration process. Our lawyers’ expertise also extends to disputes that may arise with Canadian or Québec authorities.

Specialized services:

  • Temporary status
  • Applications for permanent residency and Canadian citizenship
  • Applications for Québec selection certificates
  • Humanitarian immigration
  • Litigation before administrative and judicial tribunals in Québec, as well as before the Federal Court
  • International work or study permits
  • Family visits
  • Regularization of problematic immigration files

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