California Bar Journal
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


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Front Page - July 2001
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News / News Briefs
Two-year fee bill goes to governor
Janet Reno, low-cost MCLE highlight Annual Meeting
Stanley Mosk dies at 88
State Bar wins ABA's Harrison Tweed Award for pro bono, legal access, IOLTA efforts
Foundation will accept grant applications beginning July 16
Winnebago of justice serves those on the road less traveled
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Trials Digest
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Legal Tech - Matter management is not just for litigators
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From the President - Public members bring fresh views
Holding judges accountable
Letters to the Editor
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MCLE Self-Study
Alcohol and the workplace
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Ethics update...
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You Need to Know
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Public Comment
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Ethics Byte - Level field or a judicial practical joke?
Former DA disbarred for drunken-driving coverup
Attorney Discipline


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Self-Assessment Test
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Answer the following questions after reading the MCLE article on alcoholism. Use the answer form provided to send the test, along with a $20 processing fee, to the State Bar. Please allow at least eight weeks for MCLE certificates to reach you in the mail.

1. Employers can fire alcoholic employees for taking time off due to treatment.

2. Employers should terminate for unreliability, intoxication on the job, spotty attendance or a bad attitude, but not for alcoholism.

3. If the employee cannot perform the essential functions of the job even after rehabilitation, the employee can be fired.

4. An employer should retain an employee who would pose a direct threat to himself or others.

5. Relapses strengthen the employer's hand.

6. Last-chance agreements are illegal.

7. Union arbitration can result in reinstatement.

8. Alcoholism is not a disability.

9. Recovering alcoholics must be given paid time off for rehabilitation.

10. Participation in an alcohol rehabilitation program prevents discharge of the employee.

11. After a leave for alcoholism treatment, an employee must be returned to the same or a similar job.

12. It is unlawful to regard an employee as an alcoholic.

13. An employer can ask a job applicant about his/her history of alcoholism.

14. Federal employees are covered by the federal Rehabilitation Act.

15. Employers should confront employees about their alcoholism.

16. Workers' compensation is available for alcoholic employees.

17. Employees can use leave to recover from drinking binges.

18. Alcoholism is often accompanied by other illnesses that are considered protected disabilities.

19. The majority of lawyers who are respondents before State Bar disciplinary committees are alcohol or chemically dependent.

20. Employers should treat admitted alcoholism as a private matter.