Amended French language requirements for employers

Elliot Ngai
Elliot Ngai
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On June 1, 2022, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec (formerly Bill 96), received royal assent from Quebec's National Assembly and will amend the Charter of the French Language (Charter). The new law will come into force over three years.

  • The new law sets out the following new requirements and expands requirements found in the Charter: Employers are required to draw up, in French, their written communications (e.g., newsletters, communications with a union, disciplinary notices) to their staff (or a part thereof), an individual employee, or an association of workers unless an employee explicitly requests that their employer communicates with them in a language other than French.

  • Employers must ensure that any individual employment contract they enter into in writing is drawn up in French.

More details on employer's requirements under Bill 96 are available here.

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