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Francis Laperrière Racine
Francis Laperrière Racine (he, him, his) Associate | Montréal

About Francis

Francis has been practising employment and benefits law since the beginning of his career. He advises employers on various employment issues, including executive compensation, employment agreements, labour standards, management of employment relationships, incentive compensation plans, employment terms and conditions, negotiation and application of collective bargaining agreements, human rights and accommodation, occupational health and safety, pay equity, application of the Quebec Charter of the French Language, benefit plans, access to information, and privacy and protection of personal information in the employment context.

In this capacity, Francis represents and defends employers before the Quebec administrative authorities who are the subject of any investigation or demand, and before the Quebec judicial and quasi-judicial bodies in the context of litigation and settlement negotiations. He also advises and assists employers with internal investigations in his areas of practice.

At all stages of Canadian and transnational business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, arrangements and restructurings, Francis routinely acts as legal counsel to buyers, sellers and insurers on strategic and sensitive issues relating to employment, labour, benefits and pension matters. He also advises as to integration of the workforce and management of changes in working conditions. Francis is also actively involved in commercial negotiations relating to these issues in the context of these transactions.

He also regularly advises local, national and international employers on a variety of compliance and adequacy issues under Quebec and Canadian employment and benefits laws, including pension plans.

Francis advises, on a pro bono basis, numerous charitable organizations located in Quebec and other provinces, as well as abroad, in his areas of practice.

He is fluent in French and English.

Select Experience

Recent representative matters include:

  • Actively participated in the employment aspects of a restructuration under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act for a major company in the retail industry

  • Advised clients on risk management in transitory periods (mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, insolvency, CCAA, etc.) regarding employees and directors' liability

  • Successfully represented employers before regulatory bodies in the course of administrative inquiries

  • Undertook several audits regarding some of the compliance of major employers with Quebec applicable laws, especially with respect to employment laws

Awards & Recognition

Francis has been recognized in the following publications:

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada 2024 (Employee Benefits Law, Labour and Employment Law)

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada 2023 (Labour and Employment Law)

Professional Activities

Francis has played an active role within the city of Québec legal community as executive director of the Young Bar of Quebec.

Professional Appearances
  • Co-speaker : Employee Privacy in the Workplace: How Far Can Employers Go?
    Blakes Webinar on Employment & Labour, Montréal, Québec, May 31, 2023.
  • Co-speaker : Charter of the French language: Where we are and what to watch out for in the coming months
    Blakes Webinar on Employment and Labour, Montréal, Québec, May 11, 2023.
  • Co-speaker : Overview of Recent Developments in the Employment and Labour Sector
    Blakes Employment & Labour Webinar, June 16, 2022.
  • Co-speaker : New French Language Requirements for Employers: Are You Ready?
    Blakes Employment & Labour Webinar, June 14, 2022.
  • Co-speaker : Recent Developments in the Pensions Sector
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, May 19, 2022.

Certificate in Pension Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University – 2020
Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 2016
LLB, Laval University – 2015
BA, McGill University – 2012

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