Controversial reforms to Quebec's Labour Code in limbo

By Luis Millan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/16/2001

A bill aimed at reforming Quebec’s Labour Code has been put on hold after Premier Bernard Landry shuffled his cabinet.

Introduced in late December, Bill 182 and in particular section 45, drew heated criticism from business and labour for its proposed changes to regulations around outsourcing and subcontracting labour. Now with its staunchest supporter, former Labour Minister Diane Lemieux, sent to another portfolio, it is unclear how or when the Labour Code will be revised.

Section 45 stipulates that a change of employer does not invalidate union certification or a collective agreement, but it does open the door to subcontracting if the employer can negotiate terms with the union.