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Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace – An Employer's Guide to the Law, Prevention, and Management of Substance Abuse, 2nd Edition

This book offers an easy-to-read overview of the case law related to this area and provides useful advice for employers about drug and alcohol testing and policies.
Publication Language: English
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As author Norm Keith states in the introduction to the latest edition of Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace, the "most current and reliable statistics available on the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs by Canadians are alarmingly high," and yet there is no legislative framework in place to govern employers' rights and obligations in this area. This volume is therefore a particularly valuable resource as it serves as a practical guide to the development, implementation and enforcement of alcohol and drug policies for clients or employers seeking to control employee substance abuse in the workplace.


Useful guidance
Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace, 2nd Edition offers an easy-to-read overview of the case law related to this area and provides useful advice for employers about drug and alcohol testing and policies. In particular, this book includes:

  • A chapter devoted to developing a legally sound alcohol and drug policy, featuring step-by-step guidelines to save time and make the process more manageable
  • A chapter focusing on the implementation and enforcement of alcohol and drug policies, including the identification of potential legal claims and advice on how to avoid them
  • An appendix containing valuable information, such as a sample alcohol and drug policy, links to alcohol and drug testing policies from various human rights commissions and links to Canadian alcohol and drug resources

Written in an accessible, easy-to-understand way, Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace, 2nd Edition is the ideal reference manual for both legal and non-legal professionals.


New in This Edition
This volume has been updated to include:

  • Recent case law, including the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in C.E.P., Local 30 v. Irving Pulp & Paper, Ltd., its first ruling on the issue of drug and alcohol testing in unionized workplaces, and the jurisprudence that has followed this landmark decision
  • The effects of recent changes to U.S. legislation, from the Federal Highway Administration Regulations (FMCSR) to the U.S. Code Title 49: Transportation
  • Current statistics about substance and alcohol abuse in Canada and abroad
  • A revised chapter on the arbitral jurisprudence that considers how recent case law has potentially changed thelandscape for:
    • Reasonable cause testing
    • Post-incident testing
    • Post-reinstatement testing
    • Random testing
  • A discussion of the Suncor Energy arbitration which considered the extension of the ruling in Irving Pulp & Paper to the issue of whether employers can require employees to undergo pre-site access drug/ alcohol testing

Essential reading
Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace, 2nd Edition would be particularly valuable to:

  • Labour and employment lawyers who will use it as both an educational tool and a resource for ensuring their clients' policies and procedures fall within the common law parameters set out by arbitrators and the courts
  • In-house counsel and human resources professionals, especially in high-risk industries such as nuclear, transportation, mining, oil and gas, utilities, construction and manufacturing, will want to make sure they properly understand the law in this area so their workplace drug and alcohol policies are effective in minimizing risk and also legally sound
  • Occupational Health and Safety consultants who work with businesses to ensure they are compliant with government legislation (e.g., human rights laws) and regulations

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Alcohol and Drugs in the Canadian Workplace
Chapter 2: The Impact of Alcohol and Drugs on Workers
Chapter 3: Overview of Workplace Legal Issues
Chapter 4: Occupational Health & Safety Law and Substance Abuse
Chapter 5: Human Rights Legislation and the Duty to Accommodate
Chapter 6: Entrop v. Imperial Oil Limited: Fact and Fiction
Chapter 7: The TD Bank case and the Post Entrop Human Rights Jurisprudence
Chapter 8: The Arbitral Jurisprudence on Alcohol and Drug Policies
Chapter 9: U.S. Legislation, Regulations, and Cross Border Issues
Chapter 10: Development of an Alcohol and Drug Policy and Program
Chapter 11: Implementing and Enforcing an Alcohol and Drug Policy
Chapter 12: Case for Legal Reform in Canada