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Alcoholism and the world of work

A specialist in the field of “problem drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism” supports the concept of treating alcohol-related problems of employees as a disease. The author, writing at an early stage of industrial attitudinal change, argues in favor of establishment of employee assistance programs; training supervisors to recognize early stages of alcoholism; and providing treatment …

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Title: Alcoholism and the just cause for discharge

Discharge for alcoholism or alcohol-related misconduct poses one of the “greater dilemmas” for arbitrators. The authors discuss the growth of occupational programs, both employer-initiated and through collective bargaining. In many instances, discipline and discharge for alcoholism are disguised as cases involving absenteeism and/or poor performance. The arbitrator must deal with conflicting arguments of alcoholism as …

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