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Drugs & Alcohol at Work

Thursday 4 April, 2019

Generally, using drugs or alcohol at work or being under the influence at work may justify you being fired. However it is not as simple as that. Your boss has to show that there is some negative effect on your performance or behaviour at work, their business or a genuine safety concern.

Most workplaces will have a drug and alcohol policy that clearly states what the rules are, and/or a clause in their employees' employment agreement. However where there is neither of these there can be some confusion.

What happens if I fail a drug test?

If you test positive for drugs, look at your work policy and your employment agreement to know what the next step in the process is.

Employers that do not have any written policies may still be justified in firing an employee for using drugs or alcohol, if they can show that the employee’s behaviour can be shown to have a negative impact on the business.

If you have concerns about give us a call for some free advice on how we can help you in your situation.