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SC Junks Workers’ Comp Bid of Injured Substance Abuser

injury in the workplaceIf you’re a worker who has sustained injuries while at work and later becomes unable to perform light duties due to substance abuse, don’t expect the Supreme Court to side with you when you ask for workers’ compensation. A substance abuser from South Australia learned this the hard way when his bid for workers’ compensation was dismissed 2-1 by the Supreme Court in 2010.

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Addressing Alcohol Abuse Issues in the Workplace

alcohol abuse in the workplace

Australia has a very distinct drinking culture, and it is not unexpected for that culture to spill over into the workplace. We all know, however, how detrimental alcohol abuse can be to everyone in a place of business.

When someone is consuming alcohol, workplace health and safety may become compromised. Accidents resulting in injuries or death could happen, or the aggressive behaviour or the loss of inhibition that alcohol triggers could put people in rather compromising situations as the whole workforce looks on.

So what should Australian employers do to address alcohol abuse issues in the workplace?

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Creating a Successful Drug-Safe Workplace Policy

drug policy in the workplaceMany employers have already realised how important it is to establish a drug-safe workplace policy, and have taken measures to get one developed and implemented the soonest possible time. What many employers have not realised, however, is that one company’s drug-safe workplace policy might not be applicable to another. To create a successful drug-safe workplace policy, there are factors that need to be taken into consideration first. Here is a list to help you get started.

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Appeal of Substance Abuser Gets Court OK

injured workerCan substance abuse, supposedly brought about by serious injuries sustained in a workplace accident more than a decade ago, still be enough grounds for an additional workers’ compensation claim? A ruling on one such case by the Federal Court of Australia seems to suggest that it could be.

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Are Drug Tests Not Working?

drug test in the workplaceEmployers all over the world have established drug testing programs to keep everyone in the workplace healthy, safe, and productive, but an article by Lydia DePillis for The Washington Post says there is a dip in drug tests in the workplace because there’s not much evidence that drug tests actually improve safety and productivity.

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What Should You Do if Your Workplace Has No Drug Policy?

developing drug policy in the workplaceWith each passing day, more and more workplaces are implementing drug and alcohol policies that help ensure the health and safety of everyone working in the company, from the rank and file to top management. While the figures have been encouraging for advocates of work and health safety, it remains a fact that many companies have yet to put a drug policy in place. If you’re an employer and your company is one of those places that have not established a drug policy just yet, what should you do? Here’s a guideline that can help you start.

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