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Alcohol and drug misuse
Some employers reserve the right to carry out random drug and alcohol tests on employees, particularly in safety-critical industries.
Employers that wish to test staff for drugs and alcohol should clearly and unambiguously reserve the right to do so in their contracts of employment. There should also be in place a clear policy on drug and alcohol testing, setting out when and how testing will be carried out, who will carry out the testing and what will be done with the results of any tests.
20 Sep 2019
A collective redundancy announcement is perhaps one of the hardest parts of an HR professional’s job. No one wants to have to tell people they’re losing their role through no fault of their own...
20 Sep 2019
Many workers who feel stressed are turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol and “stress eating” rather than seeking...
16 Sep 2019
A review into the scale and causes of prescription drug dependence has highlighted the need for more support services and...
30 Aug 2019
Co-workers are more influential than family members or partners when it comes to encouraging staff to have more alcohol than...
24 Jun 2019
Although the prescription of medicinal cannabis products is not yet widespread in the UK, employers need to be aware of the legal framework concerning its use
20 Jun 2019
Organisations need to be aware of the health challenges faced by younger employees and the impact this might have on...
14 Jun 2019
The London Metal Exchange (LME) has banned dealers on its trading floor from working under the influence of alcohol.
22 Mar 2019
Many remote workers frequently take advantage of coffee shops’ free wi-fi and power outlets but now pubs are trying to...
20 Feb 2019
Young workers with long-term health conditions in the UK are being offered less support than they would receive from healthcare...
5 Dec 2018
One in four workers between the ages of 18 and 34 has gone to work still feeling drunk after the...
8 Nov 2018
Barratt Developments recently announced it would introduce randomised drug and alcohol testing for staff to combat increased risks...
25 May 2018
Business in the Community (BITC) and Public Health England have published a toolkit to help employers support their staff in...
18 May 2018
Four in 10 people believe that working alongside somebody who is under the influence of illegal drugs would make their...
13 Apr 2018
Every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit could shorten your life by 30 minutes,...