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SCC to Hear Random Alcohol Testing Case


by Hugh McPhail, Q.C.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it will hear the trade union appeal of the Irving Pulp and Paper case, which concerned random alcohol testing at a kraft pulp mill in New Brunswick (click here to read our original email alert relating to this case). The union has asked the Court to decide if an employer is required to establish reasonable cause before it can impose a program of random alcohol testing in an inherently dangerous unionized workplace.

It will be interesting to see what the Supreme Court has to say about the whole subject of random testing. This case should be heard and decided sometime over the next year or so.


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