The case for random alcohol testing in dangerous workplacesIrving Pulp and Paper case dealing with random testing for employees in safety sensitive positions goes before Canada’s top courtBy Norm Keith02/06/2013|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/06/2013 Safety versus employee rightsOn Dec. 7, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada heard argument on the subject of random alcohol testing by employers in dangerous workplaces. The case arose from a union grievance and arbitration challenging the policy of Irving Pulp and Paper Limited in New Brunswick. The union had been successful in having the random alcohol testing by employers of certain “safety-sensitive positions” set aside as being unreasonable given the circumstances of the case in lower courts.Norm Keith represented the Alliance of Manufacturers and Exporters of Canada (CME), one of several intervenors in the proceedings, in support of Irving Pulp and Paper’s position on random alcohol testing. Here is his take on the case and the issue in question. 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.