Mélanie Desjardins is a member of the Labour and employment law group. She is specializes in occupational health and safety matters pertaining to issues within the jurisdiction of the Administrative Labour Tribunal (ALT) as well as penal infractions prosecuted by the Quebec labour standards, equity and occupational, health and safety agency (CNESST) before the Court of Québec’s Criminal and Penal Division. In addition, she acts as employers’ attorney before grievance arbitration tribunals. She advises contractors and clients on all matters falling under the regulatory authorities of the construction industry, such as the Quebec Construction Commission and the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ, the agency overseeing Quebec’s construction code).
Before joining the Lavery team, Me Desjardins practiced with the law firm Langlois, lawyers. Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Desjardins worked in the legal department of Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Québec (ACRGTQ). Prior to this, Mélanie practised at a prevention mutual, where she developed solid expertise with regard to occupational injury cases, involving compensation, rehabilitation and financing.
In recent years, she has taken a keen interest in psychological harassment cases, namely those which occur on construction sites. She also participates in the drafting and implementation of framework policies pertaining to prohibiting psychological harassment, as well as with matters relating to the use of drugs and alcohol.
- COVID-19: sound OHS practices key to continued operations, 2020
- LL.B., Laval University, 2007