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In brief

Quebec’s Bill 96 significantly expanded existing French language requirements under Quebec’s Charter of the French language, including new translation requirements for a wide range of employment documents. Similarly, the treatment of commercial standard form contracts (or contracts of adhesion) must now be translated into French first, even if the parties agree to proceed in a language other than French, such as English. 

This video is tailored to employment counsel, HR, and advertising and marketing professionals, as well as business professionals seeking to expand their business and workforce in Quebec.

In Part 2 of our series on Bill 96, our Canadian Employment & Compensation and International Commercial lawyers outline obligations for organizations doing business in Quebec, and employers operating in Quebec (including federally-regulated employers), along with enforcement measures and trends since the implementation. 

Speakers: Jeremy HannSarah Mavula and Juliette Mestre.

In case you missed it, watch Part 1 of our two-part In Focus video series on Quebec’s Bill 96: Trademarks Plus Advertising & Marketing.

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Jeremy is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Law Practice Group. Jeremy's practice is focused on providing strategic labour and employment law advice and assistance to clients of all sizes across a variety of industries and sectors.


Sarah Mavula is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's International Commercial Practice Group and the Global Antitrust & Competition Group in Toronto. Sarah practices competition/antitrust and foreign investment law. In parallel, she also advises clients on marketing, advertising and product regulatory compliance.
Sarah has been recognized as a 2022 Precedent Setter in Precedent Magazine and a 2022 Lexpert "Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40" in Canada. Sarah co-chaired the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Committee in the Toronto office from 2020-2023, and regularly advises on pro-bono matters.


Juliette Mestre is a an associate within Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation Law Practice Group in Toronto. Juliette joined the Firm in 2020 as a summer student before completing her Ontario articles of clerkship. Juliette advises employers on a broad range of labour, employment and human rights matters, providing practical legal and business advice to both domestic and international private and public sector clients. Prior to joining the Firm, Juliette earned a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. While attending law school, Juliette was an editor at the McGill Law Journal and a Student Advocate at the McGill Legal Information Clinic. She also interned at national law firms in both France and Colombia.

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