With a potential of two more England matches in this world cup tournament, there will undoubtedly be an understandable anticipation of a drop in productivity the mornings after the nights before.

Some employers will take this as an unavoidable consequence of a national past-time, some employers will be joining their workers with aspirins and bacon sandwiches, whilst others will be justifiably concerned over safety issues.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, employers have a duty to ensure a safe place of work and safe systems of work for their staff. When considering the issue of substance misuse, this would include having clear rules about coming to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Many staff handbooks will have a section that covers the use of alcohol.  If you don’t already have one in place, you can put a Substance Misuse Policy or guidelines as to the company’s approach to alcohol in the work place.  If you don’t feel that there is time to do this, then at least consider making your employees aware of the expectations that you have of them at this time.

If you’re unsure on how to approach this issue at your company, or are looking for advice on putting an effective policy in place, please email or call our Head of Employment Law, Martin Thomas, via martin.thomas@silks-solicitors.co.uk or 0121 511 2233.