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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…

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Medical Marijuana – Undue hardship in the Context of a Safety Sensitive Workplace

Ontario’s Human Rights Code (the “Code”) protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the context of employment. In that regard, the Code requires employers to accommodate individuals with disability-related needs, up to the point of “undue hardship”. Accommodating an employee…

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Workers’ Compensation Update: Work-Related Chronic and Traumatic Mental Stress

On January 1, 2018, very significant legal changes were made to Ontario’s workers’ compensation system. Adapting to these changes will require amendments to employment policies, workers’ compensation / occupational health and safety training programs, and return to work accommodations. In…

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Bill 177: Potentially Significant Changes to the OHSA

On November 14, 2017, shortly before Ontario’s controversial Bill 148 received Royal Assent, the provincial legislature proposed a new Bill which appears likely to result in significant amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”). Bill 177: Stronger,…

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The latest Cannabis Legislation: Bill 174 – Ontario’s response to the legalization of Cannabis

On November 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced legislation that would, for the first time, introduce provincial laws that regulate the use and distribution of medical and recreational cannabis in Ontario. At present, the recreational use of cannabis remains illegal…