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The National Liquor Traders Council has welcomed the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the sale of alcohol in South Africa.

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The continued ban on the trade of alcohol has left liquor traders pleading with government once again. 

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It is legally very dangerous for employers to discipline and fire employees  who commit offences due to illness or disability. For example, an employee who uses alcohol or narcotics and becomes addicted is legally classified as being ill and is protected by law.

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Liquor stores will not be selling alcohol over the Easter weekend. This was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address to the nation.

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Working from home has become a normal part of business life, a part that is unlikely to come to a crashing halt any time soon. Within this new normal are casual clothes, comfortable working conditions, as well as less time spent in cars and chatting around the water cooler. These changes are immensely valuable to both employer and employee – boosting morale, productivity and work/life balance.

For some time, the alcohol industry has been calling for lockdown restrictions to be eased and the time has finally arrived. Not only are alcohol restrictions being eased, but so are the restrictions placed on international travel. 

When an employee is intoxicated by alcohol and is driving or using equipment, this can potentially constitute a danger to themselves or to others. This week Ivan Israelstam quotes some cases, which indicate that the CCMA arbitrators are not necessarily consistent in their decisions So how should employers respond?

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