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Supreme Court Says No To Random Alcohol Testing

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—CANADA

June 21, 2013

The Supreme Court late last week ruled that companies cannot institute mandatory random alcohol testing of employees, Canada Newswire reports. “Random alcohol testing is a humiliating invasion of an individual’s privacy that has no proven impact on workplace safety,” said Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paper Workers Union of Canada. Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 vs. Irving Pulp & Paper, Limited stems from a 2006 policy by Irving that chose an employee randomly by a computer program. The employee showed a zero blood alcohol level but claimed the test was humiliating and unfair.
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