OLS, Your Labour and Employment Lawyers in Montreal

OLS, Best Labour Lawyers in Montreal

OLS is a boutique Montreal employment law firm with expert Labour Lawyers. For over 75 years, we have specialized in labour and employment law, developing innovative solutions for each of our clients’ unique situations, around Montreal. Our areas of specialty include executive terminations, constructive dismissal, and severance negotiations. Our proactive and practical approach focuses on obtaining the best results for our clients, through strategy and analysis.  We turn problems into plans, and plans into results.

 We have decades of experience spanning thousands of files on both the executives’ and employers’ sides. While this experience helps us determine how to get the most optimal results on a case-by-case basis, it also means that our clients benefit from our reputation. We are renowned experts in employment law, and that, in and of itself, a significant factor in negotiations and getting results.

In the field of labor and employment law, specialist lawyers play a crucial role in ensuring safety and health at work, as well as compliance with labor standards, whether it concerns psychological harassment, grievance and dispute with your employer, arbitration, or collective agreements. Whether for a dismissal, an end-of-employment agreement, or to represent employees or employers, unionized or not, before the administrative labor tribunal, these labor law experts help navigate the complexities of labor relations. work.

They intervene in particular in matters of health and safety at work, discrimination based on sex, and regulations relating to labor relations. These experienced attorneys can advise clients when negotiating severance, establishing pension obligations or resolving contractual disputes. They are up to date with the most recent legislative and regulatory developments, including those relating to the CNESST and the Civil Code of Quebec, thus allowing informed decisions to be made. Whether in civil courts, in the Court of Quebec or before the administrative tribunal, these lawyers represent an invaluable resource for asserting human rights and ensuring health and safety in the workplace. They also offer information on their services for those who are at the heart of delicate situations, such as the end of the employment contract, during or after their employment, always ensuring to protect their interests.

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Labor law

is a complex and constantly evolving field. Having an employment lawyer can make all the difference in an employment-related matter. In Montreal, labor and employment legislation plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance between employers and employees. This is where labor and employment lawyers come in, providing essential services to protect everyone’s rights.

What is Labor and Employment Law?

Remember: labor and employment law covers a wide range of legal issues, from employment contracts to discrimination disputes. Lawyers who specialize in this area are essential in navigating these complexities.

Understanding Labor Laws in Montreal

Labor law in Montreal is complex and constantly evolving. However, here are some key concepts and laws to understand:


  • The Labor Standards Act (LNT): This law governs the minimum working conditions.
  • The Act respecting occupational health and safety (LSST): It establishes the standards for a safe work environment.
  • The Pay Equity Act: This law aims to eliminate pay gaps based on sex.


Collective Agreements

Collective agreements play a crucial role in labor relations in Montreal. Here is some things to understand :

  • Collective bargaining: Unions and employers negotiate working conditions.
  • Conflict management: They establish mechanisms for resolving conflicts between the parties.
  • Rights and responsibilities: They define the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.


Labor Courts in Montreal

Labor courts in Montreal play a vital role in the administration of employment justice. A few things to note :

  • The various courts: There are several courts such as the Administrative Labor Tribunal (TAT).
  • Complaint process: Understanding the process for filing a complaint is essential.
  • Legal representation: A lawyer can help you through the complex court process.


Why Choose a Montreal Lawyer for Labor Matters?

Our labor and employment lawyers are distinguished by their expertise in local laws, which makes them uniquely suited to represent their clients. They offer a variety of services, including in the areas of contracts, severance pay, union issues and harassment.

  1. Local Expertise : Montreal lawyers are familiar with local laws and are therefore best suited to represent you.
  2. Diversity of Services : They can help with various areas such as contracts, severance pay, union issues, harassment issues, etc.
  3. Mediation and Negotiation : Possess exceptional mediation and negotiation skills to resolve issues amicably.


Common labor and employment law applications

 Our Montreal labor and employment lawyers are here to help you with all aspects of executive dismissals, constructive dismissal and severance negotiations.

Dismissals of senior executives: unparalleled expertise

The dismissal of senior executives requires special attention and expertise in labor law. Our attorneys are equipped to provide cutting-edge legal advice and services to protect the interests of executives and businesses.

Protection of the rights of senior executives

We work meticulously to ensure that executives’ rights are respected, carefully reviewing contracts and negotiating favorable terms in the event of dismissal.

Business advice

Our labor and employment lawyers also offer advice to companies, ensuring that the dismissal process complies with the laws in force in Montreal and Quebec.

Constructive dismissal: fight against unfair practices

Constructive dismissal is a complex and often misunderstood area. Our attorneys are committed to combating these practices by providing the highest quality legal services.

Identification of constructive dismissal

We help identify cases of constructive dismissal by carefully assessing the situation and taking appropriate steps to protect the employee’s rights.

Legal representation

Our experienced attorneys provide robust legal representation, vigorously defending the interests of employees in constructive dismissal cases.

Severance Negotiations: A Personalized Approach

Negotiating severance packages requires a deep understanding of applicable laws and an ability to work collaboratively.

Services for employees

We offer advice and assistance in negotiating severance packages, ensuring that employees receive what they deserve.  Contact us today to discuss your needs and find out how we can help.



Executives and managers are highly trusted and valued employees. Our Labor Lawyers  represent executives in many sectors, with independence, integrity & practicality. We always represent our client’s best interests.
Learn more about the various services we offer executives and how to safeguard your rights:

If there is a problem you should always contact a local employment or Labor lawyer quickly; we will never tell you that you have a case if you don’t, but you can extinguish your rights through inaction. You can also look at our Pocket Survival Guides for basic guidelines on what to do and what not to do when problems arise.


Employers have the difficult task of balancing labour, employment & fiscal needs. Our experts can help every type of employer with a range of employment needs from collective bargaining to labour restructuring.
Learn more about the many services we offer employers:

Collective bargaining , labour restructuring discipline employee guidelines CNESST/CSST

Our Approach

Best practices, best lawyers.

A t OLS we focus on the practical: what is the best solution for you. We are a results-oriented firm who combine pragmatism and experience with honesty and independence. These are the values we cherish.

Each relationship begins with a ruthlessly honest assessment. We will never tell you that you have a case if you don’t: that’s a waste of your time and ours. We will also never betray a client to build future relationships. Our clients are our clients, and we pursue their interests alone.

When you put your trust in us, we put our trust in you. If you have a case, we will build a path forward for you. We will deal with the intricacies and the headaches. We will put all our resources and expertise into obtaining the best result possible for you. That is who we are.  That is what we stand for.


Whether you are uncertain about your situation, general legal concepts, or what to bring to your first meeting, our FAQ pages are a one-shop stop for answers.

What information should I submit in the contact form or over the phone?

You should let our Labor Lawyers team know who you are (name, position, name of business), who you are contacting us for (yourself, your business, or on behalf of someone else), why you are contacting us/the nature of your problem. Provide any other details you think are necessary to explain. As executives and managers you should also make sure to tell us: your position title, your current salary, how long you have been employed there, the name of your employer, and whether you were recruited. If you are uncertain, here is a list of things you should include.

 If you are an executive or administrator at a school, please tell us the name of the school before giving us any other information including your name. We represent a number of schools in Montreal, and we do not want you to give us any information if we are already representing your employer. If you are an executive who thinks we might be representing your employer, you should do the same.