Employee with a drug habit

One of our workers is a self-admitted cocaine addict. The cost of treating this addiction will be expensive — does the employer have an obligation to pay for it?
By Natalie MacDonald
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

One of our workers is a self-admitted cocaine addict. He has taken medical leave on two occasions and twice we have implemented return-to-work programs for him. About two months ago we suspected a relapse and when we approached him, he admitted he had started taking cocaine again and hadn’t actually sought out the treatment we thought he had.

We want to help now, but the cost of an intensive treatment program is high — about $15,000. Are we obligated to fund all or part of this treatment program? Or is our duty to accommodate met by holding her job open and reintegrating her back into the workplace when she’s better? We’re a non-profit organization that relies on government funding so money is an issue.