Luis Izzo explains the complexities of the law on taking action against intoxicated employees
Alcohol is everywhere. Friday night drinks, work lunches, Christmas parties, conferences, the list goes on. And with this, there’s the inescapable reality that sometimes, somewhere, an employee will have too much of it. So when can an employer take disciplinary action if this happens? The recent Fair Work Commission’s (FWC’s) decision on Trudi Puszka v Ryan Wilks Pty Ltd  FWC 1132 (Puszka) shone the spotlight on this issue and raised the question of how significant the misbehaviour needs to be in order to justify a dismissal.