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Health Insurance Costs Versus Privacy

Computers by Design (CBD) is a small computer systems sales and service business located in the Midwest. The owners of CBD, Abigail, Megan, and Andy, are concerned about rising health care insurance costs. Abigail has researched the issue, and has learned that CBD can better control insurance costs by only hiring people who are less likely to make claims such as the healthy, the fit, and the non-addicted. She has proposed to the other owners a two-step program.

First, CBD would conduct pre-employment health screenings, including voluntary genetic testing. It would not hire anyone who smokes or uses drugs, has any genetically linked propensity for an expensive disease, or is not physically fit.

The second step would be to give every employee a 12-month notice to stop using tobacco and non-prescription drugs and to submit to random, monthly testing. Employees would also be placed on a fitness and weight control plan. Professional assistance would be available at no cost to help them stop using tobacco and drugs and to help them meet weight and fitness targets. Employees who meet the goals would be allowed to stay with CBD. Those who refuse would be given a severance package and discharged.

What are the legal issues involved here? Which of the measures proposed by Abigail are legal, and which are not? Explain the legal issues involved and reference specific pages from your readings to support your conclusions.

--> To what extent is an industry you are familiar with unionized and engaged in collective bargaining? Is the industry comprised of non-union employees, unionized and no unionized employees, or unionized employees? Explain why the industry does or does not have collective bargaining, and discuss what trends might tend to change the current situation in the near future. Be sure to incorporate both legal principles and relevant labor economics facts in your response. Provide references as appropriate.

--> Select one of the three areas of employment law to answer the question that follows:

o Occupational Safety and Health
o Employee Retirement Income Security Act
o Fair Labor Standards Act

Considering one of the aforementioned entities, what are the differing responsibilities of the finance managers, first-line managers, and human resource managers with regard to your selected area?


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The References do not appear here when the company transferred the info to display here.
I am adding it. Also see my attached document:

Business Know How. (2011). Employers Trying To Curb Worker Smoking Should Be Cautious Not To Get Legally Burned. Retrieved from ...

Solution Summary

The first step is explained in about 300 words. The second step in about 200 words. The collective bargaining issues are covered in approximately 170 words. Approximately 170 words cover the Fair Labor Act. There are 7 references.