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New Developments in Suncor’s Push for Random Drug Testing

May 30, 2016 in Articles, Blog, and SureHire News

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.

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Mental Illness in the Workplace; How employers can be proactive for a healthier, safer and more productive work environment

April 13, 2016 in

Mental illness has quickly become the leading cause of disability claims in Canada and now, more than ever Canadian companies are realizing the significant link between stress, mental health, work claims and absence. According to experts at Health Canada, mental illnesses are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behaviour and can be associated with significant distress and impaired functioning.

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Discrimination, Bona Fide Occupational Requirements, Accommodation, and Undue Hardship: What you need to know

March 18, 2016 in

Discrimination: what does this mean exactly?
Section 7(1) of the Alberta Human Rights Act defines discrimination regarding employment practices in the following way: “No employer shall refuse to employ or refuse to continue to employ any person, or discriminate against any person with regard to employment or any term or condition of employment, because of the race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation of that person or of any other person.”

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Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace

November 02, 2015 in

This increased awareness around substance abuse has also raised questions about drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. While there is no clear-cut answer, there are some considerations to keep in mind.

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Hair Drug Tests: Can You Cheat?

September 03, 2015 in Blog

The rising popularity of hair drug testing has seen a rise in the amount of “how to cheat your hair drug test” videos and online suggestions. Some of the methods include shaving all of the hair off, detox shampoos, and home remedies including substances like tar shampoo, laundry detergent, detox salts, and vinegar. Some people even dye their hair after using these remedies to help mask the changes made to their hair. But is it actually possible to cheat and pass a hair drug test?

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More Positive Drug Test Results Mean Less Employees For Companies

August 18, 2015 in Blog

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.

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Women Building Futures (WBF) announces partnership extension with SureHire

August 14, 2015 in SureHire News

August 12, 2015 – Edmonton—Women Building Futures (WBF), Alberta’s premier organization for pre-trades training for women, is pleased to report a successful year of partnership with SureHire Occupational Testing, the national expert in occupational health and wellness testing.

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Oral Fluid Drug Testing

July 30, 2015 in Blog

Oral fluid testing has recently increased in popularity for several reasons: it requires less private testing environment, less testing time, and less invasion than a urine test. Urine testing can take up to 4 hours, whereas oral fluid testing takes between 1-3 hours.

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How should you be lifting - from the back or your legs?

July 24, 2015 in Blog

Statistics Canada 2010: Canadian Community Health Survey states around 1 in 5 people who were working in BC in 2012 have made claims for back problems. Back injuries account for 24% of the overall work claim injuries, followed by fingers at 11% and legs at 9%. One reason that employees might be getting these injuries is through improper lifting technique.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

July 17, 2015 in Blog

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome accounts for 50% of all workplace related injuries in America. This is a surprising statistic, because there is a common belief that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is only caused by computer/keyboard related jobs.

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