Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anti-Anti-Smoking Rules

Smoke We mentioned last week that several companies have refused to hire -- or impose health-coverage surcharges on -- employees who smoke.  Jennifer Clemons sends this Washington Post blog post arguing against such policies.  Here's an excerpt:

As Lewis Maltby, the president of the National Workrights Institute, told the New York Times in February, “The number of things that we all do privately that have negative impact on our health is endless. If it’s not smoking, it’s beer. If it’s not beer, it’s cheeseburgers. And what about your sex life?”

Most of all, employers asking employees to take a urine test to prove they’re not smokers should contemplate what that says about the level of trust they have in the people who work for them.


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This is absolutley illegal in New York State pursuant to Labor Law section 201-d
This slippery slope health police stuff knows no bounds. Should applicants show up for interviews prepared for a proctological examination?

Posted by: joe marino | Jul 20, 2011 11:53:36 AM

Imagine a company that imposed such surcharges on the sexually promiscuous, given "social" diseases. Or homosexuals, given the high risk of contracting AIDS and other diseases, and the high costs associated with them.

The hue and cry would be enormous.

Posted by: James Young | Jul 20, 2011 1:34:23 PM

That's fine it will be help to any organization to stop smoking. I'm satisfied with this rule.

Posted by: Lawyer New Jersey | Jul 21, 2011 12:19:20 AM

The fact of the matter is that people who smoke are less productive than those who don't...

Calculate the loss in productive time per employee over a year...

And then start guessing how much it costs a big company with thousands of smoking employees...

The figures are staggering.

The beer and cheeseburgers do not directly keep you from doing your work - any possible impact is merely from side effects.

Smoking, however, keeps you from doing your job...

and keeping your mind on the job...

Because your thoughts are being ruled by a small paper tube screaming at you from your pocket...:)

health-coverage surcharges? I guess that's up to the company or institution underwriting the coverage.

But it does slow you down. Period.

Just my 0.02c


Posted by: peter - stop smoking | Aug 13, 2011 6:43:54 AM

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