Laurence Bourgeois-Hatto



Laurence Bourgeois-Hatto is a partner in the Labour and Employment Law Group. She specializes in occupational health and safety matters regarding issues within the jurisdiction of the Administrative Labour Tribunal (ALT) as well as penal infractions prosecuted by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) (labour standards, employment equity and occupational health and safety board) that are heard in the Court of Québec’s Criminal and Penal Division.

Laurence also advises employers in connection with employment agreements, labour relations, collective agreement decrees and the protection of personal information. She has developed particular expertise with respect to labour relations in the construction industry.

Laurence regularly appears before the courts in civil and penal matters, as well as before administrative tribunals such as the Administrative Labour Tribunal (ALT).


  • Introduction of Bill 59, An Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime: Major changes expected, 2020
  • Supreme Court con rms that workplace safety can supersede freedom of religion, 2020
  • COVID-19: sound OHS practices key to continued operations, 2020
  • Relief for employers as payment of dues to CNESST is deferred, 2020
  • Criminal negligence of an employer: imposition of a severe and onerous penalty, 2020
  • Difficulty in Conciliating Freedom of Religion and the Protection of Workers, 2019
  • The Quebec Court of Appeal Con rms the Power of the Administrative Labour Tribunal to Determine a Worker’s Capacity to Return to Pre-Injury Employment on a Case-By-Case Basis, 2018
  • Worker Safety on Construction Sites: a Contractor Found Guilty of Manslaughter, 2018                  
  • The Court of Appeal Clarifies the Rules for Transferring Bene t Costs, 2018
  • Caron: The Supreme Court Reiterates the Employer’s Duty to Accommodate, 2018
  • Workplace Safety Obligations at the Port of Montreal: Hardhats Over Turbans, 2016
  • Statements offence Can Now Cost You Even More!, 2016
  • Unreasonable Delays in Criminal and Penal Matters: the Supreme Court Toughens the Rules!, 2016
  • The Supreme Court of Canada Confirms the Primacy of the Professional Secrecy of Lawyers and Notaries Over Government Audits, 2016
  • Montreal’s Blue Collar Union Tries to Avoid Paying $2 Million in Punitive Damages: the Court of Appeal Says No!, 2016
  • Inherent Financing Costs, 2016
  • Fatal Work Accident: an Ontario Court Sentences a Project Manager to 3 ½ Years in Prison, 2016
  • Obligation to Accommodate and the Act Respecting Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases: the CSST and the CLP Now Have to Take Them Into Account, 2015
  •  Workplace Safety: a Contractor Loses his Construction Licence and is Charged With Manslaughter, 2015
  • June 6, 2015 is the Deadline for Safe Management of Asbestos by Employers, 2015


  • Symposium 2019 – Labour & Employment Law, 2019
  • Symposium on Labour & Employment Law, 2016


  • The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory in the field of worker’s compensation, 2022
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  • LL.B., University of Montréal, 2008
  • Minor in Communication sciences, University of Montréal, 2005
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