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SCC Issues Landmark Decision on Workplace Drug Testing

SCC Issues Landmark Decision on Workplace Drug Testing

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. This landmark decision is a welcome result for employers as it reaffirms the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and management measures through alcohol and drug policies. In its decision, the SCC held that employers can terminate employees for breaching a drug and alcohol policy even if the employee has a drug addiction. Background The appellant in the case, Ian Stewart (Mr. Stewart), worked in a safety-sensitive position for a mine operated by the Elk Valley Coal Corporation (Elk Valley) in Alberta. Recognizing that mine operations can be dangerous, maintaining a safe work environment was a matter of great importance for Elk Valley. Accordingly, Elk Valley implemented a drug and alcohol testing policy (policy) whereby employees were required…read more →

International Property & Casualty Insurance Newsletter – June 2017

International Property & Casualty Insurance Newsletter – June 2017

The world is a complex place and you have a lot to worry about. It is critical that you have the confidence that the insurance broker you choose has the ability and resources to help you globally. We are an authorized Globex International Group Broker Partner in 130 countries around the world. Recent Successes Placed Warranty & Indemnity insurance on behalf of a Canadian multinational client in the non destructive testing sector making an acquisition in the UK. Placed local Employers Liability policy on behalf on an Ireland based contractor installing plumbing and ventilation works for a new hotel in Dominica. Bound an international package for the overseas exposures of a US subsidiary of a Canadian company in the nuclear power industry. Brunei Brunei will introduce Motor Claims Guidelines (MCG) starting on 31 July to expedite the process of handling motor…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – June 2017 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – June 2017 Edition

June Is ALS Awareness Month Around 3,000 Canadians are currently living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Usually progressing rapidly, ALS claims the lives of 80 per cent of its victims within two to five years of diagnosis. Many people were first made aware of ALS in 2015 during the “ice bucket challenge”—a social media phenomenon where people took videos of themselves pouring a bucket of ice over their heads to increase awareness of ALS. ALS is caused when the motor neurons responsible for muscle movement are destroyed. This disease initially paralyzes the muscles of the hands or legs before disabling other muscles in the body. From there, the illness often spreads, leading to organ failure and death. While it most often impacts those between the ages of 40 and 60, ALS can…read more →

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Saving Tips Start Here The kids will ensure that this Father’s Day, June 18th, Dads everywhere are loaded up with thoughtful gifts, but don’t overlook the gift you can give yourself: saving your hard-earned money. Let’s start with the plastic in your wallet Does your credit card pay you? If it doesn’t, perhaps it’s time to check out a new card. There are many rewards credit cards that offer cash back, travel perks, or points that can go toward buying gift cards, entertainment, activities or merchandise. If a card will give you cash back or help you spend less on items you’d buy anyway, perhaps that’s a credit card that deserves a slot in your wallet. Celebrating Father’s Day by going on a trip? If you’ll be spending Father’s Day this year on a weekend trip, chances are when you’re…read more →

Compliance Bulletin: Government Suspends CASL Legislation

Compliance Bulletin: Government Suspends CASL Legislation

Government Suspends Private Right of Action Provisions of CASL In response to concerns raised by businesses, charities and non-profits, the Government of Canada recently announced it would be suspending the private right of action (PRA) provisions of Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL). These provisions were scheduled to come into force July 1, 2017, and would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against organizations, as well as their officers, directors and agents, by anyone who felt affected by an act or omission that violated CASL. In its news release, the government said the suspension would allow for a parliamentary committee review of the PRA aspects of CASL. The government hopes this review and PRA suspension will reduce the amount of red tape Canadian organizations must wade through in order to comply with CASL. HIGHLIGHTS In response to concerns raised by businesses, charities…read more →

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