In 2013 in the Irving Pulp & Paper the Supreme Court of Canada decided the rules on drug and alcohol testing.  With the legalization of marijuana in Canada on the Liberal’s agenda there has been greater interest in this topic.  While the Irving decision set the guidelines the courts and other adjudicators have grappled with the thorny question of applying that decision to the real world.  A recent Alberta Court of Queen’s bench decision adds to the dialogue in this important area.  Christin Elawny and Jenna Kirk of Field Law, to which firm we refer our Alberta clients, have drawn our attention to this case that you will find of interest if your organization is contemplating implementing drug and alcohol testing.  Read this June 3, 2016 Field Law Labour and Employment Alert.

See also our earlier post on drug and alcohol testing, called Impairment Testing: Has its time come?, featuring presentations by Gabe Somjen of BLG and Dr. Ken Baker.


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