Admission to the bar
LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1998
Sectors of practice
François-Nicolas is a litigator, negotiator, author and renowned speaker. He is recognized for his people skills as well as his communication skills, notably when speaking on topics relating to labour relations. He is the firm’s resident artist and his marked interest in contemporary art has allowed the firm to considerably develop its art collection.
He joined Monette Barakett as a student in 1998. He has been a partner since 2008 and oversees talent recruitment and leads the firm’s internship program.
Since the start of his career, François-Nicolas has devoted himself to his passion for labour law. His practice focuses primarily on collective labour relations in the public sector. Today, his practice is almost exclusively focused on representing employers on matters of labour law supported by his substantial experience in administrative law. Fluently bilingual, he litigates on behalf of employers particularly when it comes to grievance arbitration but also before Québec’s administrative labour tribunal and the province’s superior courts. He has also pleaded important cases before the Québec Court of Appeals. For several years now, he has pursued an interest in work reorganization within the health and social services sector (Bill 30) as well as in human rights in the context of labour relations. He has negotiated numerous collective agreements in both the public and private sectors.
Les droits de la personne et les relations de travail, reference guide
publié en 2017 aux Éditions Yvon Blais (mise à jour – deux fois par année)
Les droits acquis annotés (in collaboration with colleague Stéphanie Rainville)
publié en 2014 aux Éditions Yvon Blais
Guide du praticien sur l’estoppel, les lâches et la pratique passée
publié en 2011 aux Éditions Yvon Blais
Les congés fériés « mobiles » : un accommodement
en cours de publication
Invited speaker on numerous panels and frequently presents talks to human resource managers from large companies on topics such as
La réorganisation syndicale
Le harcèlement psychologique
Les mesures disciplinaires et non disciplinaires
Les normes du travail
Invited speaker at the Yvon Blais conference on labour law (2014)
Invited speaker at the 2nd Yvon Blais conference on grievance arbitration (2014)
Invited speaker at the Yvon Blais conference on grievance arbitration (2011)
Achievements, implications, awards
François-Nicolas sits on the Québec bar association’s liaison committee with Québec’s human rights tribunal. He served for many years on the executive committee for the Canadian Bar Association’s labour law section (Québec division). His interest in contemporary art has also led him to serve on the board of the prestigious Guido Molinari Foundation.
François-Nicolas was included in the 2021 edition of The Best LawyersTM in Canada in the field of Labour and Employment Law.