Dealing with suspected intoxication at workActing on suspicion of drug or alcohol use by employeesBy Colin Gibson11/02/2011|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/02/2011 Question: What course of action can our company take if we suspect an employee to be intoxicated at work? Can we ask the employee to submit to drug and alcohol testing? Does it make a difference if the employee is in a safety-sensitive job?Answer: Needless to say, it is important for employers to ensure their employees are not intoxicated on the job. Nevertheless, the fundamental privacy interests of employees also play a role when alcohol and drug testing is proposed in both unionized and non-union environments. Where an employer suspects an employee is impaired it can take a number of actions including questioning the employee and, in certain circumstances, testing. Any testing conducted by an employer will be subject to a standard of reasonableness. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.