Safety issues raised in drug testing debate

Recent court appeal shows workplace safety can trump individual rights against discrimination
By Michael Ford
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Workplace alcohol and drug testing remains a controversial legal and human resource issue for many Canadian employers. The debate has reached a feverish pitch in many provinces before arbitrators, human right tribunals and the courts. With a booming economy, massive large-scale projects and a significant labour shortage in many sectors, employers in Alberta have used alcohol and drug testing at various stages of the employee career cycle (pre-employment; site access; reasonable cause; post-incident; return to work and termination).

The Chiasson appeal

Many employers are awaiting the ruling of the Alberta Court of Appeal in