Alberta employer too hasty in telling supervisors about employee’s failed drug test

An adjudicator with Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner found an Alberta employer did not comply with the notification requirements of provincial privacy legislation when it informed certain employees and others that an employee who was suspended for a positive drug test wouldn’t be around.

An Alberta employee of Lafarge Canada, a supplier of construction materials based in Montreal with locations across the country, complained that Lafarge had used and disclosed his personal information in contravention of Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The individual alleged that the company had told employees and other individuals that he had been dismissed for failing a random drug and alcohol test taken on Nov. 4, 2008.

Read more on Canadian Employment Law Today.

Related: Commissioner’s decision. Apparently, even though this involves some health information, it is covered under PIPA as a workplace privacy issue.

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