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Update: Proving “Due Diligence” in Cases Involving Fatalities

In February 2018, we provided an update on an important legal precedent relevant to employers across the province. The article discussed certain charges laid against a construction employer by the name of Cobra Float Services (“Cobra”), and its subsequent attempt…

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Distracted Driving = Distracted Working?

On January 1, 2019, amendments to Ontario’s distracted driving laws significantly increased penalties for convicted motorists. Under the new legislative framework, drivers convicted of distracted driving will mandatorily face license suspension, minimum fines, and demerit points. Distracted Driving on Public…

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Cannabis and the Workplace: Safety-Sensitive Roles

On October 17, 2018, the Canadian Government legalized cannabis for recreational use across Canada. Many Canadians celebrated what’s come to be called “National Cannabis Day.” HR professionals and employers whose organizations employ workers in safety-sensitive roles were likely less jubilant.…

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Federal Government Approves Drug Testing System for Roadside Testing

With the legalization of marijuana just around the corner (October 17, 2018), regulators and employers remain concerned about the potential impact cannabis may have on an individual’s ability to work safely in a safety-sensitive environment. To date, the Federal government…

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Legal Review: Suncor’s Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy

In 2012, Suncor Inc., a large energy company with substantial operations in the Alberta Oil Sands, introduced a random drug and alcohol testing policy at its operations in Northeastern Alberta. Employees at Suncor’s sites generally worked twelve (12) hour shifts, and operated some…