Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DRUG TESTING & FIRING!



DRUG TESTING & FIRING!


I RECEIVED A CALL FROM A FRIEND IN FLORIDA CONCERNING A WAY TO BEAT AN IN-HOUSE RANDOM DRUG TEST FOR MARIJUANA. YOU PEE IN A CUP ON THE SPOT, AND IT READS POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE-PERIOD! HAVING BEEN IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FOR 30 YEARS AND ADMINISTERING 1,000'S OF THESE BAD BOYS FOR PEE-EMPLOYMENT, I GUESS THEY THOUGHT I'D KNOW HOW TO BEAT EM".

NOPE!  I JUST COLLECTED THEM, UNDER STRICT GUIDELINES AND CHAIN OF CUSTODY PAPERWORK TO ENSURE RELIABILITY FOR BOTH PARTIES..AND SENT THEM TO AN INDEPENDENT LAB. 

IT WAS THEN EXPLAINED TO ME THAT THE "BOSS" DID THIS REGULARLY (AS IN EVERY YEAR OR TWO) WHEN HE WANTED TO "PURGE" HIS SMALL COMPANY OF UNDESIRABLES (WHY HIRE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE), AND GET OUT OF 

HAVING TO PAY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS!

IF FIRED AND THEY TEST POSITIVE- HE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY UNEMPLOYMENT- 
AND THEN HE HIRES A NEW BATCH FOR LESS HOURLY WAGES.
THERE IS A LARGE POOL OF PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK IN THIS AREA!

THE MONEY SAVED ARE FROM THE SMALL RAISES GIVEN OVER "X" AMOUNT OF TIME. BUT IT CAN'T BE A LOT.
I UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS COMPANY HAS ABOUT 50-70 EMPLOYEES AT ANY GIVEN TIME, AND REMEMBER THIS IS JUST THE STORY FROM THE EMPLOYEES SIDE, BUT THIS IS A DEPENDABLE AND HONEST PERSON WHO HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THE TEST.

MOST OF THE EMPLOYEES WHEN CONFRONTED WITH A PEE IN THE CUP NOW, IN HOUSE TEST, WITH NO CHAIN OF CUSTODY, OR SAFEGUARDS FOR THE EMPLOYEE-PEOPLE JUST WALK OUT- STATING EITHER-


1. I BELIEVE IT IS A VIOLATION OF MY RIGHTS, NOT TO HAVE IT ADMINISTERED PROPERLY.
2.OR KNOWING THEY WERE BUSTED. 
3.SOME DID TAKE IT AND TESTED POSITIVE ON THE SPOT.

I HAVE SEVERAL CONCERNS:

1. I DO BELIEVE THAT WHAT YOU DO AT HOME- IF IT DOESN'T IMPAIR YOUR ABILITY TO WORK, SHOULD BE YOUR BUSINESS. SOMEONE COULD GET DRUNK EVERY NIGHT AND BEAT THEIR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN YET KEEP A JOB.

2. IT IS TRULY NOT A LEGAL PROCEDURE- IN FAIRNESS, THE BOSS DOES SEND SOME OUT IF CHALLENGED, BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS TO TAKE THE TEST--HOW ARE THEY CHOSEN?

3. IF, IT IS INDEED TO CLEAR THE HOUSE SO TO SPEAK- IS THIS ETHICAL TO SAVE MONEY THIS WAY, IF THAT IS THE ONLY FACTOR? OR IS IT A SMART BUSINESS PRACTICE?

LET ME THROW THIS IN--

THE BUSINESS IS A BBQ SMOKEHOUSE AND CARRY OUT RESTAURANT. THEY SMOKE HAMS (AR AR) AND SERVE BBQ! THERE ARE NO REAL SKILLED POSITIONS AND NOT MUCH IF ANY EQUIPMENT INVOLVED.  POSITIONS ARE MINIMUM WAGE WITH NO BENEFITS, AND NO HS DIPLOMA OR GED REQUIRED. THEY ARE NOT DRUG TESTED WHEN HIRED!


WHAT DO YOU THINK:

FROM THE BUSINESS OWNERS STANDPOINT?

A LEGAL STANDPOINT?

AN ETHICAL STANDPOINT?

A PERSONAL STANDPOINT?

I AM FENCE SITTING, AND I CAN SEE A LOT OF DIFFERENT AND CORRECT ARGUMENTS FOR BOTH SIDES. I THINK THE THING THAT STICKS IN MY CRAW IS IF SOMEONE HAS SHOWN UP FOR WORK FOR A 1 TO 5 YEARS, HAS HAD NO WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS, AND IS A GOOD EMPLOYEE OTHERWISE-

THIS JUST SUCKS! 

HOWEVER--SMOKING MARIJUANA IS ILLEGAL!



THOUGHTS? COMMENTS? WHO CARES?


SMOKE EM IF YA GOT EM!


LOVE YA ALL!

JMc