Category: Drug and Alcohol Testing

The Latest on the Legality of Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

By , February 20, 2018 9:18 am

In 2013, the issue of whether an employer can unilaterally implement random drug testing was addressed by the Supreme Court of Canada. Bottom line: there are very few instances when random drug testing will be permitted. This blog summarizes a recent arbitration award where a union challenged an employer’s random drug testing policy at a coal mine. Continue Reading…

Marijuana legalization – How Employers Should Navigate the Hazy Legal Landscape

By , January 11, 2018 10:45 am

The legalization of marijuana is expected to change Ontario’s employment law landscape in 2018. Legislation is expected to be implemented by July 2018. It is not too early for employers to take proactive steps to address these changes. Expected changes Bill C-45, An Act respecting Cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Continue Reading…

Can my organization implement a drug testing policy at the workplace?

By , July 24, 2017 10:24 am

If you’ve been following the news over the last few months, you know that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the union’s injunction against the TTC’s random drug and alcohol testing policy. More recently, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the termination of an employee who was terminated for violating his employer’s Continue Reading…

You Think your Employee May have a Mental Illness that is causing Performance Issues. What do you do?

By , March 27, 2017 6:40 pm

One of your employees has been missing a lot of work lately and has also been unusually emotionally erratic. In addition to the attendance and behavioural issues there have been performance issues that you want to address. You suspect the person may have a mental illness. What do you do? The Duty to Inquire This Continue Reading…

How to Get Away with Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

By , May 5, 2016 9:00 am

The federal government has announced that there will be marijuana legislation in place by next spring, which should fulfill a campaign promise to legalize marijuana. Marijuana would no longer only be legal for medicinal purposes, but also recreationally. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said that “[w]hile this plan challenges the status quo in many Continue Reading…

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