In an investigation report released this month, the British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner made recommendations which will limit information disclosed by police departments in employment-related police information checks.
Until recently, police departments in British Columbia have included information about prior criminal convictions, outstanding charges, contact with the police during an investigation (e.g., as a suspect or witness), and apprehensions under the Mental Health Act in employment-related police information checks. These checks are done with the consent of the employee, for employers and employees who are not covered by the Criminal Records Review Act (“CRRA”) (previously discussed here).
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If your organization is currently thinking about establishing or acquiring a business in Canada, the newest edition of Doing Business in Canada, written by McCarthy Tétrault, will prove to be a valuable resource. The guide provides a broad overview of the legal considerations that non-residents should take into account to help ensure their success as they enter into a business venture in Canada. Each section offers timely information and insightful commentary on different areas of law.
The book includes a chapter on employment in Canada, with sections on:
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- employment standards
- labour relations
- human rights
- occupational health and safety
The long-awaited arbitration decision is in, and the result is a loss for random alcohol and drug testing. (See the Decision here and the Dissent here.)
Suncor had tried to implement a random drug and alcohol testing policy with respect to all of its safety-sensitive employees in the oil sands. The union resisted and was able to get an injunction from the Alberta courts to prevent implementation of the policy until the arbitration was completed.
A majority of the three member arbitration panel ruled against Suncor. They found that there was insufficient evidence of a problem with alcohol and … Continue Reading