Human Resources News & Insights

Study: Most employees think they deserve extra vacation days for not smoking

Though the number of smokers in the U.S. is continually shrinking, there are still enough workers taking smoke breaks to cause some problems with non-smoking employees. 

Update: The pros and cons of refusing to hire smokers

Now that Obamacare has kicked in, more and more companies are refusing to hire people who smoke. But some legal dangers do remain.  

Wellness initiatives paying off as they stifle health cost increases

A recent study found that employers with extensive disease management or wellness programs are reaping substantial returns.

What you clicked on most: Top HR stories of 2010

E-mail issues, healthcare reform, union threats, annoying workplace behaviors … it’s been an interesting year for HR pros, to say the least. Here’s a rundown of HRMorning’s 10 most-viewed stories of 2010.

Another area where smokers and the obese are costing you

By now you know all about the massive healthcare bills smokers, poor eaters and couch potatoes can rack up. But you may be surprised to hear how much they’re costing you in another vital area.

Can you legally refuse to hire someone who smokes?

With health-coverage costs going up, especially for high-risk employees, more and more employers are looking at put smokers on the “need not apply” list. Is it legal?

Show how smoking hurts their wallets: Free tool

There’s only so much you can do to get through to smokers. Maybe this appeal to their personal pocketbooks will make a difference.

Banning smokers: Good idea or going overboard?

Some employers have gone ballistic on smoking — going so far as to refuse to hire smokers. Some researchers, from a surprising source, say that could be a mistake.