Labour and HR Club Q&A
"Can he be dismissed for smoking dagga"
We caught a worker smoking dagga on the premises. He admitted all the requirements regarding smoking of dagga and also admitted that he is addicted and cannot stop the smoking. He received a final warning.
I am concerned about this young man. He is at present assembling these motors –
i. He is a health and safety risk. If he is under the influence of drugs(dagga) he can hurt himself and/or his colleagues. I did discuss this with his family and offered to try and get authority from Management to assist him with treatment. They refused and said they will try to get him off the smoking of dagga.
ii. He is also a big financial risk to his employer as the quality of his work could be affected.
My questions –
i. If he is again caught smoking dagga, alternatively hurts himself and / or other workers, can he be dismissed after holding a disciplinary enquiry without having been assisted to try and get him off the use of drugs.
ii. If he is under the influence of drugs(dagga) and the quality of his work is affected, what are your suggestions regarding the steps to be followed.
iii. Can you suggest any preventative actions that can be taken.
iv. In his application for employment the following question appears – Particulars of any disease or constant illness. Obviously, this does not cover drugs like dagga. Can we add the following extra question – are you in any way dependent on any habit forming drugs and/or medication.
User Martin asked at 08 Feb. 2013