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My City Council would like to develop a new policy that would prohibit the hiring of persons who smoke. I have read where some fire departments do this for obvious reasons. Is this something employers can get away with?
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Unread 11-17-2011, 10:07 AM
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Many states have started to list smokers as a protected class. In what state are you located?
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A friend who is an HR director in another nearby small municipality is retiring and I noticed on his job posting it noted "smoke free one year".. We are in FL
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In my state employers cannot prohibit employees from engaging in legal activity off the job. So, we could not have a blanket policy against hiring smokers. However, we have a provision in the collective bargaining agreement with our firefighters union that employees will refrain from using tobacco.

I know some communities add a surcharge to health insurance premiums for smokers as a way to encourage employees to quit smoking.
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I know some communities add a surcharge to health insurance premiums for smokers as a way to encourage employees to quit smoking.
I just read an interesting article about that in today's news:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45335553...ew_york_times/
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