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Dealing with marijuana in the workplace

I am increasingly being asked to speak about this subject at HR conferences, as employers are concerned about the practical implications of medical marijuana and how employees using it should be treated. The issue of marijuana in the workplace has generated a lot of attention, but what have our courts, arbitrators and tribunals said about it? A review of decisions addressing dismissal for workplace usage or possession of marijuana shows an inconsistent treatment which is consistent with the early stages that we are in.

 

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Another failure to implement random alcohol and drug testing policy in the workplace

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Suncor Energy Inc. has recently attempted to implement a mandatory, random drug and alcohol testing policy among employees in “safety-sensitive” or “specified” positions at their oil sands work site Fort McMurray, Alberta. These positions are held by about 82 percent of the 3,383 union members employed at the site.

 

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The dangers of drinking at work- how employers can avoid disaster

Most people would agree that it is not a good idea for an employee to drink or be impaired at work. The potential consequences of this kind of behaviour can be disastrous. This blog post addresses five issues related to drinking in the workplace.

 

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