New ban on reimbursements affecting patient support programs

As of April 15, 2021, manufacturers, wholesalers and other intermediaries in the drug supply chain are subject to a new prohibition as a result of the enactment of the Regulation respecting exceptions to the prohibition against paying or reimbursing the price of a medication or supply covered by the basic prescription drug insurance plan1 (the “Regulation”). As […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec (“Bill 96”) and professional bodies

On May 13, 2021, the Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the French Language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, tabled Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec (“Bill 96”). The purpose of this bill is to affirm that the only official language of Quebec is French and that French is the common language […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Amendments to the Charter of the French Language: have you registered your commercial signage?

On May 13, the Government of Quebec unveiled its proposed reform of the Charter of the French Language (the “Charter”), also known as Bill 101. This reform covers many spheres of society and the area of trademarks is no exception. Indeed, the bill entitled An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec (hereinafter, “Bill 96”) introduces […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

The bill to amend the Charter of the French Language: expected impacts for employers in Quebec

On May 13, 2021, the Quebec government tabled Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec,1 which proposes various amendments to the Charter of the French Language.2 Once adopted and in force, this bill will impact several areas. We will focus here on the main changes affecting employers and their employees or potential […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Terminating a construction contract – the end of your troubles or the start?

Sarah Evans, construction partner at law firm Spencer West, explores the factors to consider when terminating a construction contract Whilst construction projects should always aim to create a harmonious supply chain marriage, often parties find themselves heading for divorce. And never more so than in this post-covid, post-Brexit era, where issues around lack of materials and resources, quality […]

Justine BrazilPartner – Construction, Projects, Commercial and Company Secretarial Services, Spencer West

You’re Invited—State Benchmarking Models: Promising Practices to Understand & Address Health Care Cost Growth

Learn How States Are Using Cost Growth Benchmarking to Increase Health System Transparency and Contain Rising Health Care Costs at a New Manatt Webinar. Click Here to Register Free.  As states grow increasingly concerned over soaring health care costs, health care cost growth benchmarking programs have emerged as a promising strategy for advancing health system transparency, identifying […]

Now on Demand—Talking Politics, Climate Change and the Greening of DC and CA (and What It Means to You)

Click Here to Access the Recording, Download a Free Copy of the Presentation and Earn CLE. With climate change policy at the center of the Biden-Harris agenda, what impacts and opportunities will we see during the next four years, nationally and in California? A recent webinar featuring a nonpartisan panel of Manatt professionals from our government and regulatory […]

Court of Appeal sets the record straight on constructive dismissal and employer immunity from employee lawsuits

A recent decision1 of the Court of Appeal has clarified the principle of immunity from civil proceedings enjoyed by employers under the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (hereafter the “AIAOD”). This decision is also interesting in that it sets the record straight as to what does and does not qualify as constructive dismissal. Brief summary of the […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Are there limits to a professional’s freedom of expression in his or her personal life?

Professionals have ethical obligations and must respect them in all spheres of their lives, even in their private lives. While they enjoy the protection of the same constitutional rights and freedoms as all citizens, these rights and freedoms are not absolute and are circumscribed by the professional’s ethical obligations. In Comptables professionnels agréés(Ordre des) c. Pilon,1 the respondent was […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Businesses must now disclose who are their true owners

This article first appeared in French in the April 2021 edition of the Journal des Parcs industriels by the Corporation des parcs industriels du Québec.   An international movement pushing for greater transparency in the corporate world has sparked reform initiatives across Canada. In this context, the Quebec government introduced a bill in December 2020 to force companies […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Rapid screening tests for private-sector enterprises

On February 17, 2021, Quebec’s Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (hereafter “MSSS”) announced that, under certain circumstances, private-sector enterprises can obtain rapid COVID-19 screening test kits. While workplaces dealing with an outbreak will continue to receive support from public health authorities, companies that want to have a supply of rapid tests on hand to allow […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP

Medical masks are now mandatory at all times in all Quebec workplaces

The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (“CNESST”) has decided to make it mandatory, as of April 8, 2021, to wear a medical mask or a mask certified by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), at all times in all workplaces in Quebec. A mask will now be required in all circumstances, […]

Richard ProvostPartner, Langlois Lawyers, LLP