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  • 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]
  • Drug and alcohol testing: Six ways to protect employee privacy
  • With the stresses of today, drug and alcohol abuse is common. And often, your company will suffer because of intoxicated employees. Absenteeism is high and users are often not very productive. Normally, it's only when people reach rock bottom that they do something about it. For example, lose their families, house, job etc. But you and your business has some protection... You can implement poli... ››› more
  • [09 July 2015]
  • 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]
  • Dismiss an employee who drinks on the job in three easy steps
  • Sibusiso Langa, the man accused of killing five runners in Midrand in 2011, when he crashed his car into them, admits he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. He was on his way to work when the accident happened, meaning that he was going to work drunk. What should you do about employees who abuse alcohol at work? We asked the experts at the Labour Law for Managers Loose ... ››› more
  • [15 November 2013]
  • How to use breathalyser tests in the workplace
  • Christmas party season is almost upon us. Your employees are looking forward to long lunches with clients, and the office Christmas bash. And it's quite likely that some will end up drinking too much punch... But for a few employees, the over-indulgence of alcohol isn't limited to these few parties. They abuse alcohol daily. And their substance dependence could cost you thousands, maybe even milli... ››› more
  • [15 November 2013]
  • Are you SURE your alcohol policy is in line with your company's needs?
  • Alcohol abuse is all too common in the workplace. Fortunately, having an alcohol policy is the first step if you want to eliminate the problem. That's why you need to ensure your alcohol policy suits your company's needs. Having an alcohol policy isn't enough; you have to ensure it meets your company's needs. Here's why you must tailor your alcohol policy to your company's needs The Hea... ››› more
  • [31 October 2013]
  • 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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