Addiction in the workplace

The employer’s duty to accommodate addictions
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Employers in Canada have a duty to accommodate disabled employees. In recent years, it has become clear that addiction is a disability and employees have a duty to accommodate workers with substance abuse problems.

A recent case involving an undercover Toronto police officer who developed a cocaine addiction, while not a court ruling, provides employers a bit of a blueprint for accommodating such a disability. Another case out of Saskatchewan from late last year, involving an alcoholic worker, is of interest because in that case the court said disability plans must cover workers who are suffering from alcoholism even if the worker denies he has a problem.

Police officer’s addiction to cocaine