Last-chance agreement not end of story (Legal View)

British Columbia worker with addiction issues relapsed – but not while on the job and he self-disclosed the problem
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/01/2014

A British Columbia company discriminated against an employee when it terminated him for breaching a last-chance agreement after he failed an alcohol test, an arbitrator has ruled.


The 57-year-old worker, referred to as GH in the judgment, was a cook and deckhand for Seaspan, a marine transportation company based in North Vancouver. His duties included maintenance and safety on tugs, usually for two- to three-week trips. He was hired in 2003.