This briefing provides essential information on issues that can arise as a result of substance use in the workplace, such as increased absence from work, poor performance and increased risk of accidents and injury. It informs employers of how to deal with these issues appropriately, whether as disciplinary or capability matters and when and how to provide support to employees in such circumstances.
At the end of this briefing, participants will be able to:
• identify when to assist or discipline employees
• draft a policy on Alcohol Misuse at Work
• draft a policy on Drug Misuse at Work
The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Workplace Information Service provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.