Quit smoking if you want a job
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
Saint Paul, MN
#1 Mar 5, 2013
Last week Pennsylvania College health system announced its' no tobacco policy, now this......
Will Smoking Keep You From Getting Hired?
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Starting April 1, 2013, health care provider Orlando Health will implement a tobacco-free hiring rule that requires testing of all job applicants for nicotine use. And no, it is not an April Fool's prank.
The company will rescind job offers to applicants who test positive for cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, though the workers can reapply in 180 days. Orlando Health will study applicants' levels of cotinine to determine if they are smokers or if they have simply been exposed to secondhand smoke.
Orlando Health says the policy will not apply to volunteers, students or contractors offered a job before April 1 or existing employees being grandfathered in under a tobacco-free policy. The health care provider operates Orlando Regional Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, the Howard Phillips Centers, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, South Seminole Hospital and Health Central Hospital.
The policy will also ban workers from using tobacco products during their shifts, even if they leave the office, and will prevent tobacco use in company vehicles and on company grounds. Additionally, the move will encourage current tobacco users at the company to quit, providing tools and incentives such as access to classes, programs and monetary support for quitting.
"Our new tobacco-free hiring rule reinforces our culture of prevention and wellness for team members, patients and the central Florida community," said Christy Pearson, COO of human resources at Orlando Health. "It is our way of leading by example and serving as a community role model for good health behaviors."
Pearson said the company considers it a responsibility to improve public health by encouraging smoking cessation. "Our goal with both these efforts is not to exclude anyone who is qualified and interested in pursuing a career with Orlando Health," she said. "It is to promote and encourage the cessation of all tobacco use."
The move may help keep workers healthy, and employment lawyers say it may also become a trend in the hiring process.
"This is the first I’ve heard of an employer testing applicants or employees for by-products of tobacco use," said Rodney Bean, a leader of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Steptoe and Johnson. "But it is the natural consequence of the anti-tobacco movement across the country, and I imagine many employers are considering this."
Saint Paul, MN
#2 Mar 5, 2013
Gallup poll, 2008 - Smoking % by income bracket
$6000 and under - 30%
$6000 -$12000 - 34%
$12000 -$24000 - 30%
$24000 -$36000 - 26%
$36000 -$48000 - 22%
$48000 -$60000 - 21%
$60000 -$90000 - 16%
$90000 -$120000- 13%
$120000 and up - 13%
You make the call which group of potential employees barring employment because of smoking will hurt the most.
Since: Sep 11
#3 Mar 5, 2013
This is nothing more than a way to reduce insurance costs (ie..money grab) and an attempt to socially manipulate their employees. It is a blatant violation of the 4th (search and seizure, secure in their persons), 5th (self incrimination) and possibly the 14th amendment and the ACLU should be all over this crap. It's one thing to ban tobacco use on your premises and in company vehicles. It's quite another to refuse to hire people for using a legal product.
#5 Mar 5, 2013
By your logic, drug testing should also be illegal.
Since: Sep 11
#6 Mar 5, 2013
Bingo! What you do on your own time is not your company's business. As long as your qualifications fit the job, you performance meets or exceeds expectations, and you don't show up at work intoxicated, companies don't have any right to know what's in your blood stream.
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