The ever-moving line on privacy (Editor's Notes)

Questions of drug testing, medical records reopen debate
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/16/2016

Where do we draw the line in the workplace when it comes to privacy?

That’s a fair question to ask in light of two stories in this issue of Canadian HR Reporter. The first, one of our cover stories, looks at the Toronto Transit Commission’s decision to implement random testing of employees for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and phencycline. 

The second looks at a case involving a union for federal correctional officers who want access to medical information for inmates whose bodily fluids they come into contact with — yes, you read that right. Apparently, prison guards are “regularly” attacked with urine, feces and blood. (Keep that in mind the next time you feel like complaining about that loud cubicle neighbour who likes to clip his toenails during lunch.)