The landscape of labour relations will soon change — once more. As of January 1, 2016, the structure and identity of certain government bodies will be amended. Here’s a brief look at these changes.

  • The Administrative Labour Tribunal will be established, to replace the Commission des lésions professionnelles and the Commission des relations du travail.
  • Reflecting an approach increasingly fostered by judicial authorities and by the Bar, the Tribunal will facilitate pre-decision conciliation and agreements, with the consent of the parties to the matter.
  • The activities of the Commission de l’équité salariale, the Commission des normes du travail and the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail will be grouped and entrusted to a commission that will be known as the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail.
  • Certain matters, for instance the contestations of a cancellation of an income replacement indemnity granted under the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases, will now be processed by preference.
  • Time limitations to file certain complaints or render certain decisions will either be amended or clarified.

Many changes brought about by this Act are essentially technical amendments, and will have no bearing on the conduct of your business.

However, this is a fairly substantial piece of legislation, totalling about 60 pages. You should therefore contact your legal advisor to find out whether any of the changes are likely to affect your activity.