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Report Examines Alcohol, Drug Testing Ruling


July 5, 2013

The Vancouver Sun reports on a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that drug and alcohol testing at the workplace is only lawful under certain circumstances. In the case, six justices said random workplace tests at a New Brunswick mill were unreasonable and “an employer must establish a substance-abuse problem in a safety-sensitive work environment before such random screening can occur,” the report states. One employment law attorney said, “Privacy rights don’t trump the employers’ rights, but the court has placed a high value on them.”
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