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Quebec passes legislation to force its lawyers, notaries back to work

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Luis Millan

A protracted strike by Quebec government lawyers and notaries came to an abrupt end on March 1 after the province passed back-to-work legislation following a labour conflict that paralyzed the administrative justice system and incapacitated the government’s efforts to pass legislation and enact regulations.

The unusual back-to-work decree calls for the government and Les avocats et notaires de l’État québécois (LANEQ) to return to the negotiating table to bargain “in good faith” with the help of a mediator whose recommendations are non-binding. If an agreement is...