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Alcohol Abuse In The Workplace

  • Do you know how to test your employees for alcohol abuse?
  • Current information shows that in South Africa, employees are the main beneficiaries of legislation that provides for health and safety standards in the workplace. The law that governs general workplace safety is the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 (OHSA) and, in the Mining Industry, safety is governed by the Mine Health and Safety Act. It has been showed that over R240 billion, th... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • Case Law: Is alcohol abuse misconduct or incapacity?
  • One issue which many employers struggle with, is that if an employee commits an alcohol-related offence in the workplace, how do you label it to begin with? In other words, should it be seen as a form of incapacity or of misconduct? After all, simply determining this can alter the entire way you handle the incident. In the following case, some light will be shed on the issue. Take a look..... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • Here's what to cover when conducting toolbox talks on alcoholism in the workplace
  • Employees who consume alcohol during working hours, miss days (or even weeks) from work without justification. Your business could suffer as a result. Make sure this isn't the case; use this toolbox talk to educate your employees about the dangers of alcohol. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says a Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health released by the World Health Org... ››› more
  • [24 January 2014]
  • Three factors you must look into before you take action against a drunk employee
  • So your employee pitches up at work drunk. You send him home and decide to hold a disciplinary hearing. But it isn't as simple as that! Make sure you stay on the right side of labour law. Consider these three factors before you take action... While no one can dispute that an employee who shows up drunk can negatively affect your business, you still need to follow the law when you deal with him.... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]
  • Here's what you need to do to dismiss an employee who abuses alcohol at work
  • A senior South African official has been fired for being drunk at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, News24 reports. Yesterday, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, released a statement saying SA National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) board chair Tami Sokutu has been 'released from his position'. The reason? Sokutuwas under the influence of alcohol emerged when attending the f... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]



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