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    'Welfare approach' to drug and alcohol works for CEVA

    A new drugs and alcohol policy at CEVA logistics that advocates welfare as opposed to punishment has brought positive business results, according to the distributor’s HR director. John Paterson said the “benefits...

    Dutch cops protest off-duty dope ban

    Police in Amsterdam are complaining over new rules banning them from smoking cannabis while off duty. The Dutch police union told the Daily Mail that many of its members were opposed to the ban, which came into effect at...

    Drug tests do work

    Testing should be seen as part of a support strategy, rather than simply as an opportunity for discipline. Drug tests can also be used as motivational tools where organisations have “second-chance” policies...

    Irish Guinness staff oppose drink tests

    Guinness workers in Ireland are leading a union movement against alcohol tests in the workplace, saying they infringe human rights. Delegates at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions passed a motion, proposed by the Guinness...

    This hospitality firm believes regular cannabis use is affecting the performance of one of its employees.

    The problem I am the HR manager of a company in the hospitality sector with several hundred employees. A line manager recently came to me with concerns about two male members of staff, whom he discovered smoking cannabis...

    Alcohol at work

    A joint meeting of the CIPD’s Counselling and Career Management and Public Sector forums will look at drink and drugs strategies at Surrey Police, London Underground and Homebase. These include long-term policies to...

    Alcohol poses more risks than some drugs

    There are a few issues surrounding the reasons behind drug testing (“Does testing work?”, News, 23 November). First, the misuse of the word “problem” when referring to a drug problem. In an ideal...

    One in six have worked under influence of booze

    One in six UK employees have been under the influence of alcohol at work in the past six months, new research claims. Around 25 per cent of accidents in the workplace are alcohol-related and 12 per cent of under 30-year...

    Sobering thoughts

    "An upfront social drinker" is how Charles Kennedy described himself when answering one of the numerous queries about his drinking habits.   Despite the concerns of many around him, some hesitant performances...

    Dealing with drugs

    The article "The drugs don’t work" (12 August) asked whether UK employers are now ready to call time on the problems of alcohol and drug abuse. If they are, they will need to seriously consider investing in...