Moving van rental company U-Haul has announced that it will no longer hire people who admit to vaping and using nicotine products.
The company noted that it will be placing the hiring ban on new employees in 21 states.
“U-Haul International, an industry leader committed to promoting and empowering a healthy workforce, will soon be the first major company in its field to decline job applicants who are nicotine users,” the company said in a December 30 press release.
“We are deeply invested in the well-being of our Team Members,” U-Haul chief of staff Jessica Lopez said in the statement. “Nicotine products are addictive and pose a variety of serious health risks. This policy is a responsible step in fostering a culture of wellness at U-Haul, with the goal of helping our Team Member on their health journey.”
“If we take care for our Team Members, they will take care of our customers,” Lopez exclaimed.
“Headquartered in Phoenix since 1967, U-Haul offers Team Members an array of benefits and resources to become the best version of themselves through its ‘Healthier You’ program. The wellness program is designed to assist Team Members in four areas: health, mindset, nutrition and fitness,” the statement continued.
The states in question include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington state.
The states were chosen because they each have laws that allow employers to decline to hire people who use the products U-Haul opposes.
U-Haul employs some 30,000 people across the U.S. and Canada.
The nanny-style policy, though, brought condemnation from many pro-freedom Twitter users.
They’re clearly trying to cherry pick healthier workers to cut healthcare costs, and if U-Haul gets away with this shit other firms will surely follow with other exemptions. This is an outrageous amount of power to have over workers, and it’s flat-out wrong https://t.co/3OzqsujDl4
— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) January 2, 2020
Reprehensible! I am an ex-smoker. I quit by switching to e-cigarettes. Others quit with nicotine patches, gum or snus.
U-Haul will no longer hire any nicotine user, including ex-smokers who quit by switching to vastly safer products – even a nicotine patch.
— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) January 2, 2020
Just an incredibly cruel thing to do to people. Employers have far, far too much power to control workers' lives in America. https://t.co/05OlCZdS9j
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) January 2, 2020
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Treas. Sec. Mnuchin Says Those Who Reject Calls Back to their Jobs Will Not Qualify for Unemployment
Mnuchin warned workers on Tuesday that if they reject a call back to work, that refusal could affect their eligibility for unemployment benefits.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned workers on Tuesday that if they reject a call back to work by their employers, that refusal could affect their eligibility for unemployment benefits.
The secretary added that companies that took funds from the Payroll Protection Program will be asked to inform the government when they begin recalling workers.
But if employees refuse to come back to work, Mnuchin said they would no longer be eligible for unemployment benefits.
“If you offer a person a job..and that person does not take the job..then that person would not be allowed to get unemployment,” Mnuchin said during a Tuesday press conference.
Mnuchin’s comments come on the heels of GOP lawmakers who have become worried that workers may stay on unemployment because they can make enough money doing nothing.
Per Fox News:
Under the “Phase 3” economic stimulus package passed in March, also known as the CARES Act, Congress provided $250 billion to extend unemployment insurance to more workers, and lengthen the duration to 39 weeks, up from the normal 26 weeks. The provision allowed for an extra $600 to be provided a week for four months to those losing their jobs amid the crisis.
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that about half of U.S. workers can earn more with these jobless benefits than they did while working — a factor that could hurt efforts by some businesses to reopen.
The CARES Act included a new “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” program, which extends unemployment benefits to self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, and other individuals not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits who are unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19.
The stimulus package also added another 13 weeks of unemployment compensation to those who ran through their other benefits.
“The average state already gives out $463 per week in unemployment benefits. When combined with the new $600 per week, the average unemployed individual can collect $1,063 per week—the equivalent of more than $26 an hour, or $55,000 per year,” Fox added.
In many areas of the country, $55K a year is better than an average job!
So, why would anyone take a job at that rate?
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Jobs: Hispanics and Blacks Doing Better than Ever Under Trump
The nation’s unemployment rate has fallen to a 50-year low, but not just for “some” Americans as the left keeps claiming.
The nation’s unemployment rate has fallen to a 50-year low, but not just for “some” Americans as the left keeps claiming. Indeed, blacks and Hispanics have never had a better employment outlook.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the workforce participation rate stands at a ten-year high.
Acs The Blaze wrote:
A review of the BLS statistics shows that the Hispanic labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of all people of working age who are employed or are actively seeking work, reached 68.1% in February, the highest in a decade. The last time that such a large share of Hispanics were participating in the workforce was in March 2010. As this happened, the unemployment rate among Hispanics remained at a near all-time low of 4.4%.
This is a stark improvement over the sorry state of employment during Barack Obama’s fetid years in office.
The same BLS stats show similar results for blacks.
In February, black unemployment was 5.8%, near August’s record low of 5.4%, and the black labor force participation rate hit 63.1%, the highest since Jan. 2009.
Trump celebrated his record when he spoke before a national Hispanic business group last Thursday.
“You’re having the best year you’ve ever had. I have to say that. Last year was your best, and we’re beating it this year,” Trump told the Latino Coalition.
“With the hard work, love and devotion of millions of incredible Hispanic Americans, our country is thriving, our people are prospering and our future has ever — really never looked better than it does right now,” he added, The Hill reported.
Unemployment has never been lower until this president came along.
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Autistic Man Opens His Own Coffee Shop After Being Denied Employment
An autistic man in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, did not take a lack of job prospects sitting down and struck out on his own.
An autistic man in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, did not take a lack of job prospects sitting down and struck out on his own to make his own opportunity in classic American style.
Michael Coyne, who has autism, told Fox News that when he was trying to find a job, he found no one interested in hiring him. He had suspicions that it was because he has autism, but there was just no way to know for sure.
But instead of crying in his beer… or at least his coffee… Coyne set out in typical American fashion and created his own job!
Coyen opened his own coffee shop called Red, White & Brew.
“t’s just a beacon of hope for people with disabilities,” Coyne said of his new beanery.
Coyne, who has autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder, and who is an athlete with Special Olympics of Rhode Island, took a college course on restaurant hospitality in hopes of breaking into that business.
But time after time he was turned down for a job.
Not letting it get him down, Coyne set out on his own and his mother couldn’t be more proud.
“As parents, we look at our kids and see the value,” Michael’s mother Sheila said. “We see what they are capable of, instead of the system that’s consistently labeling them and putting barriers.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s done amazing things,” Sheila added. “And he’s just a really good human being. You feel that when you come in.”
The Coyne family hopes that Michael’s success can be a beacon for others with disabilities, to show them that success is possible despite any physical or mental limitations.
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