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Is the Incorporated Company Always the Best Choice?

In 2004, with the coming into force of the Regulation respecting the practice of the profession of advocate within a partnership or company and in a multidisciplinary firm, lawyers now had the option of choosing whether or not to incorporate their firm. Incorporation was accompanied by undeniable benefits, including transferring to the company excess income […]


Career management

What to do with Difficult Clients in the Legal Field?

Having difficult people among your clients is commonplace for a lawyer, considering the context of the practice. What to do with Difficult clients in the legal field and what attitude is to be adopted with them? “At one time, law firms had the luxury of refusing a client, on a matter of principle… I would […]


Rights and labour standards

Five little-known labour standards

Can my employer ask me to work on public holidays? Can I choose my own vacation weeks? Here are five little-known facts concerning labour standards. In what cases must an employer pay for work clothes? Jocelyne Cotnoir—lawyer and Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at the Commision des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de […]


Rights and labour standards

Sexual harassment at work: the many faces of abuse

Sexual harassment at work: the many faces of abuse Under the Act respecting labour standards in Quebec, sexual harassment is considered psychological harassment at work. This is defined as “[…] vexatious behaviour in the form of repeated conduct, verbal comments, actions or gestures that are hostile or unwanted, that affect the employee’s dignity or psychological or physical […]


Rights and labour standards

Personal e-mails at work : Employers rights

Personal e-mails at work : Employers rights In Canada, case law considers office computers a production tool under the responsibility of employers, who therefore have the right of control over all employee files and e-mails. Other countries are still debating the issue, however. All Canadian companies can determine their own standards as regards privacy at work. In particular, management can forbid the use of computers […]


Rights and labour standards

Management rights or abusive management ?

There’s a very thin line between management rights and psychological harassment when it comes to leading a team effectively. How to be a good manager without stepping over the line? Many policies and laws require organizations to protect the victims of abuse. Employees who feel violated must have access to several forums that allow them to […]


Rights and labour standards

Labour standards : Five little-known facts

Can my employer ask me to work on public holidays? Can I choose my own vacation weeks? Here are five little-known facts concerning labour standards. In What Cases Must an Employer Pay for Work Clothes? Jocelyne Cotnoir—lawyer and Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at the Commision des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de […]


Career management

Paternity leave : From a business perspective

Is parental leave becoming increasingly for men? There is reason to think about it at a time when large companies such as Spotify and Amazon announce that they want to encourage paternity leave. While some people say it is progress toward more equality between men and women, others still see it as an obstacle. Some […]


Rights and labour standards

Working without contract : Questions from all angles

Working without contract – What is a work contract? Are there risks related to working without an established contract? Does the law on labour standards protect all types of work? Let’s examine these questions from all angles. Working without contract “I understood that,” “It seemed to me,” “I ignored that,” are phrases, Jocelyne Cotnoir often […]


Rights and labour standards

New law on workplace sexual harassment

Ontario employers are concerned about a new law on workplace violence and sexual harassment. The new law which has been passed in Ontario requires employers to investigate incidents or complaints about harassment or sexual harassment at the workplace. The employer must inform in writing both the complaint and the accused of the results of the […]


Oddly enough

A petition in Great Britain against high heels at work

Sent home for wearing flat shoes on her first day of work, an English receptionist launched a petition against the requirement to wear heels and has collected over 130,000 signatures. This is the story of a temporary worker who arrived for her first day of work at PwC in flat shoes. The company soon reminded […]


Rights and labour standards

Discriminatory practices : Are French employers guilty ?

French employers guilty of discriminatory practices ? The results of the first hiring discrimination benchmark study reveal that France is affected by profound inequalities in the job market, as measured by the following: → Age: Age is the first form of discrimination, with a candidate 48 to 50 years old getting three times as few positive […]


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