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Union construction sector in BC develops first ever drug & alcohol policy for construction worksites

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Construction

The Construction Labour Relations Association and the Bargaining Council of British
Columbia Building Trades Unions announced today that they have jointly developed a Substance Abuse Testing And Treatment Policy as part of their collective agreement negotiations.

The policy will apply to all union construction workers in BC; it is believed to be the only such industry-wide agreement in Canada.

According to the news release, under the policy:  read more »

"Drug Testing Policies – Developments from the Oil Patch"

Jurisdiction: - Alberta - Quebec
Sector: - Oil & Gas

The labour and employment lawyers at Bull Housser & Tupper in Vancouver have written a newsletter article on "Drug Testing Policies – Developments from the Oil Patch" (February 2008). The article reviews recent decisions of the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Quebec Court of Appeal.

"Ten Key Differences Between Canadian and U.S. Employment Laws"

Christina Medland and Joe Vicinanza have written an article on "Ten Key Differences Between Canadian and U.S. Employment Laws" (December 11, 2007).

The authors are lawyers at Torys. The article was published in the firm's Pension and Employment Bulletin.

"Advice to Unions and Employers Regarding the Accommodation of 'Invisible' Disabilities"

Four lawyers at Black, Gropper & Company (S. Michelle Blendell, Jessica L. Burke, Pamela Costanzo and Allan E. Black, Q.C.) and two lawyers at Roper Greyell (Kim G. Thorne and Michael Kilgallan) have written a very comprehensive paper entitled,  "Advice to Unions and Employers Regarding the Accommodation of 'Invisible' Disabilities" (November 2007).

"Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Last Chance Agreements"

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia
Sector: - Health Care

Vancouver lawyer Carmen J. Overholt, Q.C. has prepared a paper entitled "Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Last Chance Agreements".

The paper focuses on the BC Court of Appeal's decision in Health Employers Assn. of B.C. (Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital) v. B.C. Nurses' Union, 2006 BCCA 57 (the Bergen decision).

"An Employer's Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Alcohol Liability"

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Canada, or MADD Canada, have prepared "An Employer's Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Alcohol Liability (Second Edition)", with the assistance of a professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario. It provides a thorough review of the key cases in Canada on liability for alcohol related incidents and accidents.

Guidance for employers on how to develop a workplace "Substance Abuse Policy"

Earl Phillips, a lawyer in Vancouver at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, has published "Substance Abuse Policy", a paper that provides guidance to employers on how to develop a workplace substance abuse policy.