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Category: Drug and Alcohol Testing

Arbitrator Finds Undue Hardship for Employer to Hire an Employee with a Medical Cannabis Prescription in a Safety-Sensitive Workplace

By , December 4, 2018 11:14 am

With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada, employers are increasingly worried about its impact on safety-sensitive workplaces. Even though medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, similar concerns continue to exist about how to accommodate an employee where they hold a safety-sensitive position. In a 2018 arbitration decision, Arbitrator Roil dealt Continue Reading…

Vicarious Liability – The Fallout from Festive Staff Parties

By , November 2, 2018 1:31 pm

With the legalization of cannabis behind us and holiday parties on the horizon, one question on employers’ minds is how to deal with cannabis use at staff parties. Vicarious Liability Employees need to be mindful of the doctrine of vicarious liability whereby employers are ultimately responsible for the actions and omissions of their employees in Continue Reading…

Cannabis Legalization: Behind the Smoke and Mirrors

By , October 17, 2018 9:44 am

Whether you’ve been looking forward to this day – October 17, 2018 – or whether you’ve been dreading it, the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada is officially here. Although employers have had over a year and a half to prepare for legalization, a recent Ipsos poll found that managers and employees are not on Continue Reading…

Don’t Let Cannabis Laws Leave You Dazed and Confused

By , July 17, 2018 11:03 am

In October, smoking or ingesting cannabis will be legal in Canada. Does your business have policies and procedures in place to handle this transition? The federal government has passed legislation that will make cannabis legal, giving the provinces power to control how it will be used and sold. This historic change is likely to lead Continue Reading…

Employment Law Update: Mid-Year Report

By , June 26, 2018 3:34 pm

In this blog, as we enter the dog days of summer, I will review five current trends and developments in Ontario’s employment laws. 1.  A New Sheriff is in Town: The PC party has replaced the Liberal party as Ontario’s governing party I anticipate this change in government will result in less government regulation of Ontario’s Continue Reading…

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