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


10 comments:

  1. Dude....shut up and PASS THE DOOB, LMAO !!!!

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  2. The owner is a control freak who is using the system to dump the employees who only work the minimum for their minimum wage.

    As an employer, I really didn't care what people did in their off time as long as it didn't affect their work when they got there. I had an employment policy stating my stipulations and the job parameters.
    So no drinking or recreational drugs on the job. No illegal drugs should be on the premises (they each had private lockers). And so on and on.

    Given that really, some people are not good workers, and at minimum wage, most are not, I entirely understand why the guy would do this. Here in Canada, we have a period of 90 days in which to decide whether an employee isn't good enough and we can fire without notice or without pay in lieu of notice.

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  3. Heff-- Cough, cough--- You got any Twinkies?

    J



    Jeannie-- Great comment. If this guy is dumping 2 and 3 year employees- something is wrong!

    J

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  4. Roll another one
    just like the other one
    you've been hanging on to it
    and I sure would like a hit...

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  5. Don't bogart it-
    pass it to Tillett

    ;-)

    J

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  6. I'm with Jeannie. Thoughtful post...the owner sounds like a dick.

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  7. Firing a minimum wage employee for performance is one thing for a positive test for something that could have been ingested at a party that the person was not even smoking at is another all together. Comes down to whoever has the biggest whip wins, every time.

    What proof does he have that I actually smoked any cannabis in the past 30 days? Furthermore does he have a court order saying that I personally have to give him my body fluids after I am hired? Or is it a state law in Gnewtolina?.

    If I refuse and get fired he can't hold my unemployment because I never took the test I was fired for. Or is that a part of South Clownalina law too.

    Seriously is it any wonder why them who are already on the bottom of the heap at 40 years old or whatever go back to their place of previous employment and cap the boss and some innocents?

    I don't smoke it but Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin and George Washington all grew it AND smoked it. It will be legal soon and then what?

    Did you know that 50,000 people a year die from alcohol and 0 people a year die from smoking hemp? And this is one of the major concerns of the government? Assholes.

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  8. I think that owner is someone no fun to work for, for sure. The corporation I used to work for tested employees when they were new hires and that's it. I think that is sufficient unless someone display's behavior that impairs work.

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  9. RK-- I heard he was.

    J

    Lynn- Great comment!

    J


    Mark-- Dead on as usual! This is supposedly a FL and NC law, but I would certainly have to question it.
    We don't have any laws in SC, we just secede whenever we get pissed!

    BBB

    J

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