Erik Sabbatini specializes in labour and employment law. He provides preventive and strategic advice to his clients and represents them before specialized administrative tribunals (grievance adjudicators, Commission des relations du travail, Commission des lésions professionnelles, etc.) as well as higher courts in matters of judicial review, civil litigation and injunctions. He practices in numerous areas, including banking, manufacturing, services, the food industry, distance selling, trade, personnel suppliers and arts and entertainment.
Whether in terms of strategic counsel or mediation services, his involvement, often right from the outset of disputes, allows the businesses he serves to benefit from his practicality, proactive ideas and leadership. Over the years, these qualities have enabled him to develop imaginative and alternative ways of avoiding long and costly litigations.
Mr. Sabbatini practices in all areas related to labour and employment law, at both the provincial and federal levels. In particular, he focuses his practice on grievance arbitration, remedies for illegal dismissal or dismissal without cause, certification and collective bargaining, psychological harassment, human rights, labour standards and individual work contracts. He is also regularly consulted on restructuring, outsourcing contracts and other corporate transactions involving various labour law issues.
He has developed leading expertise in the area of occupational health and safety. He advises numerous companies on matters related to attendance management in the workplace, such as absenteeism and employers' duty to accommodate, with a focus on providing concrete solutions for effective management of such situations.
He has been a lecturer in the area of occupational health and safety for a number of years at Montréal's École Polytechnique and Collège de Lévis, and is regularly asked to give customized training to business managers on a variety of subjects pertaining to labour law.