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HUMAN RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ISSUES - Right to privacy - Alcohol and drug testing

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:34 AM  

Appeal by the union, Unifor, from an order allowing the employer’s application for judicial review of an arbitration panel’s decision finding that the employer’s drug and alcohol testing policy violated workers’ privacy rights. In 2012, the respondent employer, Suncor, implemented random drug and alcohol testing for workers in safety-sensitive positions at some of its sites in the Athabasca oil sands. Prior to implementing the random testing, the employer had taken extensive measures to address drug and alcohol concerns at its worksites, including employee education and training,...