To ring in the New Year, we highlight the ten most significant developments in Canadian labour and employment law in 2018.
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October 19, 2015 is federal election day.  Under the Canada Elections Act, employees who are eligible to vote are entitled to three consecutive hours of time off to vote without a reduction in pay. The three consecutive hours must fall within the open hours of local polling stations, which are as follows:

Electoral District Time Zone Voting Hours
Newfoundland and Atlantic Time Zones 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Eastern Time Zone 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Central Time Zone* 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mountain Time Zone* 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pacific Time Zone 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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Good news for employers! The Alberta Court of Appeal recently upheld a termination resulting from the violation of its workplace drug policy. The decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corporation demonstrates the effectiveness of a well-sculpted company drug policy in justifying termination decisions, particularly in the context of human rights obligations relating to the duty to accommodate addictions. In this case, the court appreciated that the employer went to great lengths to a) demonstrate the reasonableness of its policies and b) tie each policy back to the overarching goal of promoting safety in the workplace. This case should prompt a review of workplace drug and alcohol policies to ensure alignment with the court’s guidance.
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