The Supreme Court recently released a landmark decision reinforcing the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and management measures through alcohol and drug policies to ensure workplace safety. Employers can require employees to self-disclose substance abuse issues before workplace incidents and impose discipline for failure to comply, even if the employee suffers from a disability.
The Supreme Court of Canada has released its long-awaited decision on social host liability in Childs v Desormeaux. The court held that a social host does not owe a duty of care to a person injured by a guest who has consumed alcohol. It is hoped that the decision will help to put would-be party hosts at ease, especially as the Canadian summer barbecue and graduation season nears.
In only the second case heard in Canada on the subject of eligible financial contracts, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled on the reorganization of Androscoggin Energy LLC. The decision provides guidelines to determine the types of contracts that are not subject to the general stay created pursuant to the Canadian insolvency legislation.