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Does the company have a drug & alcohol policy and if so were you given a copy when you commenced working for them? Also, in your contract is there a provision for the employer ending the contract before the end of the fixed term?


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Thx for replying, there is only a 4 week notice period, however you can be dismissed immediately for gross misconduct, which they haven't done today. Surely Gross misconduct is immediate dismissal or suspension?


No I wasn't given a Drug and Alcohol Policy at any time. I wasn't impaired, slurring etc just a smell of it. I know I haven't created the ideal sitation nor was it ethical and I understand the implications of accessing the mail. just want to understand where I stand now in terms of the notice period what with xmas coming up

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They have had words with you regarding your drinking in the past, which you freely admit and is no doubt recorded, so for them to now claim you were again drunk at work would be difficult to mitigate against.


The England game was Wednesday, it is now Friday, and your manager is back on Tuesday.


Drunkeness is gross misconduct in many employments and your employers may be gathering a case against you right now. Even without a written contract forbidding drink, to then mitigate for your job at an ET because of an allegation of drink is very tough.


They need not dismiss you immediately for gross misconduct, or even suspend, until they have proof enough to do so even though they could have.

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If others smelt the Alcohol on you and are willing to give statements to that affect, then I’m sorry but the company can dismiss you without notice.


Also reading private mail, if discovered could lead to a criminal conviction.

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Also reading private mail, if discovered could lead to a criminal conviction.


Actually in a company there is NO such thing as private e-mail.

Any e-mails on company hardware are deemed the property of the company and NOT private at all.

Yes it an abuse of trust and position,

Be VERY careful whose advice you listen too

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