Friday, July 8, 2011
Companies are using both carrots and sticks to get workers to stop smoking, according to the Businessweek artilcle Companies Get Tougher with Employees Who Smoke. Macy's, for example, imposes a health-coverage surcharge of $420/year on smokers; Union Pacific and Scotts Miracle-Grow simply refuse to hire smokers (query whether any of this is legal in Kentucky, which forbids discrimination on the basis of smoking status). Employers are motivated by a desire to cut health-coverage premiums, but the impact of anti-smoking policies fall heaviest on low-income and poorly educated workers.
Hat tip: Jennifer Clemons.