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Drug Testing Vs. Privacy To Be Weighed in Courts

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA

November 27, 2012

Cases involving employer drug testing and employee privacy are set for hearings in two Canadian courts, the Calgary Herald reports. Next week, the Alberta Court of Appeal will hear from an energy company that is arguing against an injunction preventing the company from implementing random drug testing of employees. Next month, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case involving a company’s plans to have employees submit to mandatory breathalyzer tests. Both companies argue the testing improves job safety, but others argue it infringes on employees’ right to privacy. “Unlike the United States…Canada has had little experience with randomly administered on-the-job tests,” the report states. “But that could be about to change.”
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