Thursday, January 12, 2012

Smokers need not apply, but the stupid should feel free

Smokers need not apply, but the stupid should feel free:

"Geisinger Health System, based in Danville, joined two other Pennsylvania health systems that won't hire tobacco users. The company said it would begin testing new hires for use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, nicotine patches and gum as part of its pre-employment physical process on Feb. 1."
At the same time, however, the government is making sure that the stupid can get a job as long as they claim a disability. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is deciding whether employers should be allowed to list a high school diploma as a requirement for employment because it might violate the Americans with Diasbilities act. Lawyers advising employers are warning that the government might decide to come after companies requiring a high school diploma. "Employers are wise to evaluate whether a high school diploma really is necessary to perform the essential functions of any job for which it is being required,” the Employer Law Report advised in a blog post by Lisa Whittaker, a lawyer with the Porter Wright firm, which has represented business clients for more than 150 years. “Even in those situations where the high school diploma requirement can be justified, employers will still need to consider” whether a “reasonable accommodation” could be provided to allow a disabled person without a diploma to perform a given job."

Sometimes I just link to stuff that makes me shake my head.
This is one of those times.

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