Catherine Deslauriers  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

​Catherine Deslauriers is a senior associate in our Labour and Employment Law Group in Montréal. She has particular experience in the field of occupational health and safety, labour relations in the construction industry as well as in statutory penal law.

Catherine has represented a variety of clients before the Tribunal administratif du travail (Occupational Health and Safety and Labour Relations Divisions), grievance arbitrators, the Court of Québec (Civil Chamber and Criminal and Penal Chamber), as well as before the Superior Court of Québec.

Apart from acting in litigious cases, Catherine has assisted clients in matter of administrative management by developing both short and long-term strategies, designed to prevent any litigation.

Representative Work

  • ​Catherine Deslauriers, in the area of occupational health and safety, has represented and negotiated on behalf of various clients in cases of industrial accidents and occupational diseases, financing or prevention and inspection before the Tribunal administratif du travail.
  • She has defended companies before the Criminal and Penal Chamber of the Court of Québec that have been accused under occupational health and safety statutes and regulations or the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry and its regulations.
  • She represented a company against a public body that was refusing to perform its legal obligations.
  • She has participated in various negotiations in the construction industry to settle jurisdictional conflicts between different trades.
  • She has pleaded subjection issues in the construction industry affecting a key area of the energy sector.
  • Catherine advises and makes representations on behalf of different employers before grievance arbitrators.
  • She has successfully pleaded an application for judicial review against two decisions of an administrative tribunal which had wrongfully awarded benefits.

Publications and Presentations

  • Author, "Transfert de coûts: Possible suite à un congédiement?," Travail et santé magazine, June 2017. 
  • Speaker, "Trucs et astuces pour une filature utile," May 2017.
  • Speaker, "L'ABC de la gestion de l'absentéisme," April and May 2017.
  • Speaker, "Effective Crisis Management : How to Manage Issues Relating to the Workplace," March 2017.
  • Speaker, "La gestion des medias sociaux, un nouveau défi dans les milieu de travail," February 2017.
  • Speaker, "L'importance de gérer les dossiers d'accidents du travail et de maladies professionnelles et les méthodes pour y parvenir," December 2016.
  • Speaker, "Regulation concerning safe management of asbestos," November 2016.
  • Speaker, "Workplace Accident or Crime Scene? How to Prevent and Manage Serious or Deadly Workplace Accidents," Annual Labour and Employment Law Conference,Toronto, November 2016.
  • Speaker, "Accidents sévères : comment les prévenir et les gérer, et leurs incidences en matière criminelle," Annual Labour and Employment Law Conference, Montréal, October 2016.
  • Speaker, "Labour Law Variances in Quebec," September 2016.
  • ​Speaker, "L'inapplicabilité du concept de maître d'œuvre aux entreprises de juridiction fédérale," Construction Law Symposium, Montréal, April 2016.
  • Speaker, "Les obligations du maître-d'oeuvre sur un chantier de construction et survol de la Loi R-20," July 2016.
  • Collaborator, Le congédiement en droit québécois en matière de contrat individuel de travail, 3rd ed. Cowansville, Québec: Éditions Yvon Blais, (loose-leaf, updated three times a year), 1991.