How do I as an Employer deal with Cannabis legalization in Canada?

//How do I as an Employer deal with Cannabis legalization in Canada?

How do I as an Employer deal with Cannabis legalization in Canada?

One word–the Canadian Model for Drug and Alcohol Use established by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta and Energy Safety of Canada formerly known as Enform.  This system incorporates the leading legal opinions on drugs in the work place and how they affect workers in the workplace and employer’s duties and responsibilities. Google the Construction Owners Association of Alberta or the Energy Safety of Canada’s website and down load this pdf file.   It is current as of July 1, 2018.  To all my clients you were e mailed a copy.  If you wish a copy please e mail Mary Treadwell at mtreadwell@ shaw.ca and ask her to attach the copy of the Canadian Model for Drug and Alcohol Use in the Work place.   If you follow this guide line you should avoid Human Rights Actions as an Employer and have a legally defensible drug and alcohol policy and system that meets the repercussions of the legalization of cannabis as of October 1, 2018.   You are still allowed pre hire drug and alcohol tests for safety sensitive positions like those in construction and the oilfield and drug and alcohol testing for cause whether due to suspicion and/or post incident testing is allowed.   A description of the processes to follow for drug and alcohol users in the work place that meets the current legal requirements for employers is incorporated in this model as are the roles of supervision, managers and the workers.  Random drug testing by Suncor failed the court challenge and the ramifications for you as an employer are laid out in this model drug and alcohol program as well. It is hot off the presses so order your copy now via e mail @ mtreadwell@ shaw.ca or download it from the recommended websites if you prefer.   With this legally defensible model drug and alcohol program you, as an employer, will be in the cat bird’s seat although as this is an ever changing field and when in doubt seek legal advice.

 

2018-07-09T16:34:28+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Safety Matters|