Drug and alcohol testing: A divided nation?

Western Canadian courts more sympathetic to testing by employers with safety concerns; Eastern courts more likely to prohibit it
By Duncan Marsden
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/21/2011

Test in the West, no-go in Ontario

Testing employees for drug and alcohol abuse has been a thorny issue for several years, as proponents of workplace safety and those of human rights and privacy have clashed over the issue. Legal challenges of employer testing policies have resulted in a variety of decisions that interpret the rights of employers to test for drug and alcohol use differently.