Drug & Alcohol Policies and Testing

June 12, 2024 at
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM PST
This is a virtual event

Workshop takes place on Zoom

Drug and alcohol policies are found in most safety sensitive workplaces. The policies and their application engage significant privacy interests of workers. This workshop addresses when a drug and alcohol policy may run afoul of the law, when an employee may have the right to test, what it can test for, the factors that must be considered, and how the employer’s right to test may be affected by an employee’s privacy interests. We will review the key principles, leading cases on random, reasonable cause and post-incident testing, and address the practical implications for union representatives and workers.

Facilitators: Tamara Ramusovic and Daniel McBain, Moore Edgar Lyster LLP
Tamara Ramusovic is a partner at Moore Edgar Lyster LLP. She represents trade unions, as well as non-union employees in the areas of labour, employment, human rights, and administrative law. In addition to her work as counsel, Tamara has provided training to community groups on the topic of individual rights under human rights legislation and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Daniel McBain is an Associate lawyer at Moore Edgar Lyster LLP. He practices labour, employment, human rights, and   administrative law, with a particular emphasis on privacy and human rights law, including drug and alcohol testing and  involving substance use disorders. In addition to litigating those issues, Daniel also provides training to union officials on drug and alcohol policies.