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Employer liability for employees who drive while impaired by alcohol, cannabis

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 8:32 AM | By Nicola Di Iorio and Georges Samoisette-Fournier

For many people, driving an automobile is a daily part of their work routine, either for getting to and returning from work, or for performing the duties of their employment. We do not propose here to examine an employer’s civil or criminal liability in situations where employees go about these activities in a normal way. Rather, we wish to examine a specific situation that unfortunately is fraught with serious risks for all concerned: an employer’s liability where an employee drives an automobile while intoxicated.

The fact...