Valérie Dufour  

National Head of Professional Resources (Professionals)

Executive Summary

Valérie Dufour specializes in labour and employment law. She also has experience in education law and administrative law.

She is the ​National Head of Professional Resources in our Montréal office.

Representative Work

  • Ms. Dufour mainly advises employers and corporate officers on matters of labour and employment law, from the standpoint of human resource management and representation before courts and administrative tribunals.
  • She deals more particularly with issues related to labour relations, both collective and individual, and with labour standards, as well as with human rights in matters of occupational health and safety.
  • Valérie drafts employment contracts and various other agreements such as confidential contracts, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements.
  • She also investigates complaints of psychological harassment in business environments and provides in-house training on that subject.
  • In commercial transactions, Valérie coordinates the aspects relating to employees, which includes conducting research in due diligence and reviewing purchase agreements.
  • Valérie regularly provides training to clients from various business segments and their employees on a gamut of topics dealing with labour relations.

Publications & Presentations

  • Ms. Dufour has made presentations to the firm's lunchtime training sessions on various current issues in Labour and Employment Law, including the duty of reasonable accommodation, constructive dismissal, non-competition and non-solicitation clauses, preparing for the termination of employment, psychological harassment in the workplace, the Internet and managing emails, the LRB's new rules of evidence and procedure, the CSST's concept of "sudden and unforeseen event", salary equity and the 2001 deadline.
  • She has been a speaker for the Insight Conferences, Infonex training sessions and different labour law associations, on a variety of topics.
  • "La cessation d'emploi : les bons mots pour éviter bien des maux," Les Affaires.com.
  • "L'absentéisme est-il un motif de congédiement?," Les Affaires.com.