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The Hidden Cost of Drug Testing Employees

For more than 15 years Michael White’s business has been dedicated to ensuring workplaces are safe from the effects of alcohol and other drug abuse.

Most managers are surprised to discover the true hidden cost of drug testing that most drug testing service providers will not tell you about.
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Alcohol Charges Filed Vs Firm in Boat Trip Death

alcohol chargesIt’s bad enough when establishments with liquor licences do not shut down customers who are drinking to excess, but it’s a lot worse when someone sells alcohol without a permit or licence of any kind, and at a boat trip at that. Now a company which did the exact same thing is in legal trouble after a boat trip it organised led to the death of a mortgage broker, says Danielle Le Messurier in a report for Perth Now.

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The Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Business

effects of alcohol abuseAn article by Mitrefinch Australia for the Ferret website spells out the adverse effects of alcohol abuse on business.

Quoting data from Drug Info Australia, the article states that the losses suffered by Australian businesses from lost productivity due to drug and alcohol abuse is pegged at $6 billion a year. It also says that about half of the Australian workforce drinks at levels that are harmful.

When a worker is under the influence of alcohol, their capacity to fulfill their duties in the workplace is significantly diminished. Worse, alcohol intoxication also makes an employee more prone to workplace accidents, which are going to cost employers more in workers compensation, and if the worker decides to file suit, litigation costs, with or without a workplace alcohol policy in place.

Read the full article here.

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Of Alcohol and Office Parties

alcohol and office partiesThe Sydney Morning Herald just recently featured a rather hilarious article by Brendan Foster about his support of drinking at work parties and a list of things we would sorely miss if and when alcohol does get banned at Christmas parties and the like for good.

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Expand Lockout Laws, Says Hospital Exec

lockout lawsThe lockout laws that were implemented in Sydney in June 2014 to curb alcohol-related violence in the city’s hotspots have proven effective, and it’s about time they were expanded to benefit other NSW communities experiencing similar problems, says St. Vincent’s Hospital CEO Toby Hall in an article for The Daily Telegraph.

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