Some Canadian companies are following an American trend of refusing to hire smokers, even if they smoke in their off hours.In my experience, it is mothers with children that miss more work, but you don't hear about companies refusing to hire parents. I can see a company charging a smoker more for benefits and health insurance, but in today's nanny state that's not enough - it's more fun to force those with habits you don't share to quit or face unemployment.
Not to worry though smokers - the medical ethicists are there to support us:
Medical ethicists say smokers should not be treated like pariahs because it's an addiction.Did you ever consider that most people who smoke do so because they enjoy it? It's discrimination alright, but not for the reasons you cite Mr. Schafer. It's discrimination to judge a person's behaviour at work based on factors that do not necessarily influence their performance.
Companies like Weyco disagree:
"We offer many incentives for employees to make healthy lifestyle choices," Weyers says. "Compliance is voluntary, and the result has been a demonstrable improvement in wellness. Still, anyone concerned about limiting employers' right to specify terms of employment should know that federal law protects people with conditions like obesity, alcoholism and AIDS. But there's no right to indulge in tobacco use," he emphasizes.If it's not bad enough that you work half the year for the benefit of the statists, companies like Weyco are joining the nannies and forcing compliance to 'healthy habits'. Worse yet, people currently employed with certain US companies might be forced to quit if they value their leisure time. What ever happened to judging an employee on the basis of his actual performance at work??!! If a person misses work and takes more breaks than he is entitled to, then they should be disciplined accordingly - but not before.
Companies in Canada are watching the American situation closely. At Weyco Medical Benefits in Michigan, workers aren't allowed to smoke at work or at home.Thanks for caring. Here's blowing smoke into your meddling eye.
Weyco also takes an interest in the fatties it seems:
A Michigan health care company that fired four employees for smoking is also targeting fat.I wonder what Weyers would have to say about the CEO for Momentous.ca Corp who admits to watching "a ton of TV to relax."
Hat tip to my brother for the CBC story.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Tuesday, May 24, 2005