Seminar in King’s Lynn to look at tackling drink and drugs in the workplace

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A seminar for employers about how to tackle the issue of drugs or alcohol affecting people in the workplace is being held at Knights Hill Hotel.

Legal experts from Birketts solicitors will cover the legal considerations and suggest practical steps to take in order to prevent abuses by staff.

They will also look at tactics for dealing with employees who are suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the extent that it is impairing their ability to function effectively at work.

Drug and alcohol consumption outside of working hours are often at the boundary of an employee’s private and working life where the most difficult challenges arise for employers. The seminar will look at the circumstances when an employer will be justified in taking disciplinary action.

The session, which takes place on Wednesday, February 4, from 8am to 10am, will cover the legal framework, including health and safety duties and data protection obligations; ensuring contracts and policies provide adequate protection; drug and alcohol testing: in what circumstances it can be carried out; how to deal with e-cigarettes and “legal highs”.

It will also look at a real-life case study, to examine how an employer dealt with drug and alcohol problems arising among employees in safety-critical roles.

To book a free place at the seminar, register at