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We are a small business and have an employee we value but he

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We are a small business and have an employee we value but he has twice recently not shown up on Mondays after drinking too much on a Sunday. Mondays are our busiest work days. Can we require him to go to AA meetings in order to continue working with us?
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: VA
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: He has had 2 DUI's and is on restricted driving only to work and back. If he drinks he can't blow into the alcohol tester in his car
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  hrpro37 replied 1 year ago.


Thanks for using JustAnswer. Unfortunately, you can not require that an employee attend rehab and/or outside therapy such as AA. My best advice would be to treat this as an attendance issues and disregard the reason for the attendance issue. You can provide him a written warning stating that if he misses another Monday work day, then he will be subject to termination.

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