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New Developments in Suncor’s Push for Random Drug Testing

In 2014, Suncor’s proposal to incorporate a random drug testing policy was quashed when an arbitration panel found that the program would constitute an unreasonable violation of worker privacy. However, a Court of the Queen’s Bench judge overturned this decision after reviewing the evidence, and plans are in the works to review Suncor’s drug testing plan in the coming months.

More Positive Drug Test Results Mean Fewer Employees For Companies

A recently posted article in the Edmonton Journal has shed some light on to what is now becoming a big problem in the workplace. Leonard Banga of Xtreme Mining and Demolition, located in Saskatoon, has said nearly all of the recent applicants to the company had failed a routine drug test. During a ten day period, 22 out of 26 individuals failed the drug test.

2014 WCB Injury Rates

If you own a vehicle you have without a doubt noticed substantial change for the cost to fill your tank. For the average white collar worker the savings is a bonus, but for many blue collar workers in Alberta 2015 is off to a rocky start as the dropping price of oil impacts employment opportunities across the province.

Is Hair Drug Testing the New Go-To Drug Testing Method?

Wanting to implement a new drug testing program in your business? Do you current have one but are searching for better outcomes? A recent article was published in the "February 2015 edition of the Occupational Health Safety magazine":http://ohsonline.com/Articles/2015/02/01/Innovative-Technology-Helps-Combat-Drug-Use.aspx?m=1&Page=1, pushing for employers to use "Hair Drug testing":http://www.surehire.ca/services/drug-alcohol-program/hair-drug-testing/ as the new and improve way of testing employees who were or are under the influence of drugs.

Exercising Due Diligence

Over the weekend, "the shooting of two RCMP officers in St. Albert shook up the residents of the city":http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/shawn-rehn-who-police-say-shot-st-albert-mounties-had-lengthy-criminal-record-1.2917780. The man responsible for the shooting was charged with over 100 offences dating back to 1994. “Since 2010 Rehn had been sentenced a total of 10 years in jail for a variety of offences including possession of a prohibited fireman, escape from custody, and breaking and entering.:

Roadblocks Preventing On-Site Safety

A recent survey done on 129 safety managers and front-line workers in the United States revealed that in the Oil and Gas industry, there are 4 roadblocks preventing on-site safety.

Canadian Model version 5.0

Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace - Alcohol and Drug Guidelines and Work Rule On October 8th the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) released an updated version of the Canadian Model. The Canadian Model provides industries with recommendations for drug and alcohol testing procedures; it is the only document of its kind and was created to reduce the risk of substance abuse in the workplace. After numerous edits to improve clarity, consistency, and readability Version 5.0 of the Canadian Model was launched. Click below to view the latest edition.

Canadian Drugs

Earlier this month TSN reported that the Federal Government has been applying pressure to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to direct attention and resources towards drug testing Canadian athletes who are representing Canada while competing at international events.

Impact of Productivity in the Alberta Oilsands

The oil and gas rich province of Alberta was responsible for all of Canada’s net employment growth over the past 12 months, adding 81,800 jobs while the rest of Canada lost 9,500. Alberta’s immense growth is attracting tens of thousands of young workers to the area on the employment hunt which is quickly becoming the country’s highest paying salaries.

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The federal government recently announced long-anticipated reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. The revamped program will bar employers from hiring foreign workers in regions where unemployment is high.

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