Friday, February 10, 2006

Trend: Employers telling employees what they can and can't do in their private lives.

Florida Sheriff Bans Adultery Among Colleagues

Pinellas County, Florida, Sheriff Jim Coats has instituted a new rule that bans the 3,000 sheriff's employees from committing adultery with their colleagues. He told the St. Petersburg Times, "I felt it was necessary to make it clear to the members of our agency that we have a moral image and obligation to the public. If we openly allow it, what kind of example does that set?" Coats said he's not on a crusade, but explained such relationships can have a negative effect in the workplace.

Wayne A. Hochwarter, associate director of Florida State University's Center for Human Resource Management, told the St. Petersburg Times that workplace rules such a this have become increasingly common, and there's going to be more of them. He pointed to examples like some companies pressuring their employees to quit smoking or exercise more, and said relationships between colleagues are under increased scrutiny for reasons including the possible liability to a organization if the relationship ends badly and there's harassment.

I guess adultery with non sheriff's dept people is still OK.

No Tattoos Allowed For Calif. County Workers County Says Some Find Tattoos Objectionable

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- California's San Bernardino County is banning nose rings and visible tattoos for public employees.

No smokers allowed
Melbourne's plan to kick butts reflects Band-Aid approach to high health costs

A number of agencies and businesses, including the World Health Organization, Union Pacific and Alaska Airlines, already refuse to hire smokers. Some companies give employees deadlines for quitting and use random nicotine testing to enforce bans.

The trend has come to Brevard County too, where Melbourne Councilman Richard Contreras is pushing to ban smoking candidates from vying for municipal jobs such as police officer, parks worker or city clerk.


At 6:33 PM, Blogger jeb bush said...

welcome to boy george's - brave new world -

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous bill "the future antichrist" clinton said...

I found an article at which says that W and Rummy are gonna turn the screws a little more on military retirees. They're gonna start annual enrollment fees for the point-of-service medical insurance option, they're gonna raise the deductibles, and they're gonna charge more for prescription meds. I guess W and Rummy don't love military as much when they're retired and no longer on active duty and fighting the bad guys.

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to the first comment - I think this is a great move. I am tired of paying more each year for my insurance because of all the people who go right outside the door every 15 minutes to get their niccotine fix and blow it in my face as I walk out or back into the building's air system. It is a smoker's choice to destroy their bodies and they should be inconvenienced in order to do so; those choosing to preserve their health should not be inconvenienced. As far as the issue of adultery - it is morally wrong and illegal...why should you have to make it a rule not to do it?! It just shouldn't happen!


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