In this episode of the podcast I respond to a listener question raised about the risks of allowing alcohol consumption during lunch breaks and whilst at work.
In this episode I will cover:
- When an absolute ban on alcohol may be necessary.
- How to set parameters around alcohol levels.
- What to consider if you allow drinking during work time.
- A couple of cases where alcohol in the workplace was involved, including two cases about the employer’s liability for personal injury caused by intoxicated members of staff.
- Guidance on shaping your own alcohol policy.
The coronavirus & the workplace
In this episode I also mention briefly the coronavirus and what you need to consider if you are sending an employee home who may have been exposed or is at risk of having been exposed to the coronavirus.
- If you don’t already have a policy consider putting one in place.
- Assess if there is high risk in your business if there is any alcohol or intoxication. How will you measure it if there is?
- Read my colleague Albert Bargery’s article on the coronavirus advice for employers: HERE
- If in doubt seek advice.
Please do leave your thoughts on this issue in the comments section below. Please ensure that any comments are respectful to all views and opinions.
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