Undue hardship cited in medical marijuana ruling

Worker denied accommodation for safety-sensitive position
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/05/2018
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For employers concerned about the growing use of medical marijuana by employees, a recent decision provides more answers — and perhaps some comfort — when it comes to accommodation.

Essentially, employers may be able to claim undue hardship when it comes to employees in safety-sensitive positions who consume medical cannabis.

It’s a notable decision, said Heather Hettiarachchi, a labour and employment lawyer at Integritas Workplace Law in Vancouver.