The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ruled as unfair the sacking of an employee who displayed drunken behaviour and sexually harassed colleagues at an office party where unlimited alcohol was served, says Anna Patty in a report for The Sydney Morning Herald.Read More
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.
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A joint investigation conducted by current affairs TV program Four Corners and Fairfax newspapers has exposed links between the Calabrian Mafia and senior Australian politicians, says an ABC News report.Read More
The 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.Read More
The 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.Read More
If you think that social drinking will never lead to something worse, think again. In an article for The Sydney Morning Herald, Rachel Browne puts the spotlight on a man who started out as a social drinker but ended up losing his job and nearly losing his life because of alcohol addiction.Read More
The title of this post is pretty much what Stephen Jones is asking for in an opinion piece for The Newcastle Herald, that the Australian government needs to rethink its approach to illicit drug use, particularly that of ice.Read More