Q. We recently learned that an employee who drives a company vehicle is stopping on the way home for a few drinks. How should we handle this employee? Should we notify all employees that if they use drugs or alcohol in the workplace or while driving a company vehicle, they will be terminated? —R.O., California
A. It's important to have a drug and alcohol policy that specifically prohibits the use and possession of alcohol or illegal drugs on company premises and company time. That policy should define “company premises” to include company vehicles. Make sure the policy is clearly written, posted, frequently communicated and uniformly enforced across all levels of employees.
However, even if your company hasn't issued a drug and alcohol policy, you should still discipline any employee who operates a company vehicle under the influence of alcohol.