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    Exclamation Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    Hypothetical situation: Employee shows up drunk or under the influence of some substance to work.

    Is this an automatic firing, or is there another sanction or warning before firing? As in, the employee is suspended for the day/week without pay?

    I'm curious of your policy.
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    Default Re: Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    I don't know this companies policy, but, I do know mine. There was a movie with the name "Gone in 60 Seconds".
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    Default Re: Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    Can't fire him or her on the spot unless we have their final check ready (California).

    So I would give him or her 3 days off then on the 4th day hand them their final check (with the additional 4hrs pay for coming in to get canned).

    Can you imagine the safety hazard to themselves, the facility, and tenants. DUI on a golf cart can cause a lot of damage. Or some of the power tools, or the gate


    Reasoning for termination on the paperwork: At-will employment clause in our Employer-Employee agreement.

    I would not put down anywhere that the employee was drunk, even if we could smell the booze on them. We don't have Breathalyzers or other tests. And with this litigation happy world, it would probably be cheaper to pay the unemployment for a while then to go to court for wrongful termination.

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    Default Re: Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    Same as ams --- 3 days off without pay and final check when they return!

    No excuse for something like that!
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    Default Re: Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    Our policy is clear...terminated on the spot. Check overnighted via Fed Ex.
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    Default Re: Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    Quote Originally Posted by AirportSuperStorage View Post
    Our policy is clear...terminated on the spot. Check overnighted via Fed Ex.
    In Cali, from http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_paydays.htm

    An employee who is discharged must be paid all of his or her wages, including accrued vacation, immediately at the time of termination. Labor Code Sections 201 and 227.3

    That's why we do the 3 days

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    Default Re: Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    Day off today...fired effective tomorrow.

    Sometimes you can't plan in advance to fire someone, and no checkbook on site.
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    Default Re: Employee Shows Up Drunk to Work

    I know there are many instances where emps have come to work (or while at work become) "under the influence". No arguement there; let the punishment fit the crime. Still, I offer a words of caution on instantly declaring someone "under the influence" and terminating them post haste...make sure the circumstances are what they appear to be. In another life and totally unrelated line of work, one day a hullabahloo broke out in the office where I was working. The fur was flying when it was reported by another worker that someone had arrived at work "drunk". The emp in question displayed what might be considered the "typical" signs of "intoxication". When a supervisor engaged the emp, they demanded keys to the company vehicle which he drove to/from work/home and told then emp that he was going to be written up and possibly faced termination for coming to work "drunk". All the while, the emp professed innocence. Everyone in the higher tower was sooooo peeved about this guy and they were looking for his head on a platter. He was "suspended" pending review on the spot and taken home with stern warnings. Turned out that the emp was a diabetic but never knew it (yes, folks, it can happen that someone isn't aware just how sick they are). His "drunkedness" was really his being in a serious diabetic state which landed him in the hospital later that day when he collapsed at home. He recovered and got on meds. Of course, everyone was so apologetic...little comfort to someone who stands as the innocent condemed.

 

 
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