By Beth Jenkins, Paula Rome

This final month, in our Breaking Down the Handbook series, we look at drug and alcohol policies and why they are important for employers to have when dealing with employees with drug and alcohol misuse problems.

Why have a policy?

The need for a policy is important, as the lines can often become blurred as to what may be deemed acceptable or not between different employers – and even between different departments within the same employer. For example, one employer may have a lenient approach and allow employees to
consume alcohol while on a lunch break or at work events, whereas other employers may have a complete ban on any alcohol consumption at all. When considering your business’s position on alcohol consumption, you may want to consider the following points: