Should Smokers be a Protected Category?

  I am writing a contrarian opinion to my own personal point of view. I personally think that employers should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers. I think businesses benefit in several ways from not having smokers on their payrolls in terms of healthcare costs, increased productivity and improved employee relations. But this article, …

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Five Great HR Posts for a Friday

This is being posted the day after the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the US. That is normally a day for shopping, watching TV or working. If you are doing any of these activities and wish to make some good use of your time take a look at these five great blog posts I have selected …

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The Importance of Environmental Scanning: A Dose of Daily Drucker

I read alot. I get alot of newsletters. I read several blogs on a daily basis. I get alerts from the Feds, SHRM, and several other organizations. I think it is important to know what is going on in the world. It helps me make informed decisions in my daily business as well as in …

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Smoking and Weight: The Effect on Employment

Two other blogs caught my eye this week. One dealt with economic impact of weight on earnings and the other the lifetime cost of a pack of cigarettes. The first was from Freakonomics and was titled The Wage Effect of Fat. This blog discussed a study on obesity and the effect on hourly earnings, with …

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