Maria Valente-Fernandes

Maria Valente-Fernandes  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Maria Valente-Fernandes is a senior associate in our Montréal office. Maria has practiced labour and employment law since joining the Barreau du Québec in 2011. Before practicing law, Maria worked in Human Resources at L'Oréal Canada from 2004 to 2007.

Maria advises employers with respect to the reorganization of their activities, the 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, occupational health and safety matters and human rights issues.

Representative Work

  • Acts as advisor to employers with regard to the reorganization of their business operations, hiring of employees, performance and disciplinary issues, management of leaves of absence, individual and collective terminations, occupational health and safety, workers' compensation, pay equity, human rights and privacy issues.
  • Acts on behalf of employers before provincial and federal human rights tribunals, administrative tribunals and civil courts.
  • Drafts employment agreements, as well as confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition clauses.
  • Drafts and reviews and employee manuals and company policies related to such topics as harassment, conflict of interest and ethics, disclosure of wrongdoing/whistleblowing, discipline, fraud and theft and code of conduct
  • Conducts workplace investigations related to harassment and drafts investigation reports including recommendations.

Publications & Presentations



  • "Personal Information Security Breaches," BLG L&E Symposium speaker in Montréal, October 2, 2015.
  • "Surveillance des outils informatiques des employés et gestions du risque en matière de protection de la vie privée," BLG Montréal Breakfast Seminar, March 2015.
  • "Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace," BLG L&E Symposium speaker in Montréal, November 2014.
  • "Les accommodements raisonnables," BLG Montréal Breakfast Seminar, June 2014.
  • "The Top 10 Reasons Not to Prematurely Terminate an Employment Relationship," BLG L&E Symposium speaker in Toronto, November 2013.
  • "Rédaction de contrat de travail pour cadres," Congrès du Barreau, May 2013.
  • Various Lunch & Learn presentations and trainings regarding labour and employment law given to firm's clients, 2012-2015.