So we’re having a benefits meeting today at work. It’s being conducted by a lady from HR from our corporate office (we don’t have HR at any of our branches). I’m not in the meeting (…don’t get me started on how I work 40 hours a week, but they only hired me “part time” so they didn’t have to give me benefits), but they’re in the room six feet from me, so I can hear everything.
I know how careful HR has to be, because they know the laws and policies and ramifications. However, I don’t think this lady knows that. At all. Some snippets:
“Because Obama was reelected…” and “Because of Obamacare…” [insert comment about why premiums are going up, because doctors are losing money because MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING HEALTHCARE]
“With the Obama stuff…it’s ridiculous what people have to pay now.”
“He’s adding 44 million people to hospitals! It’s scary how hard it’ll be to get in to have a procedure done!”
“But, of course, he knows everything because he’s the President.”
a) It’s called the Affordable Care Act. b) Um, you can’t say stuff like that?
And then, someone was asking her about some HR stuff about his son (who works elsewhere), who had to take a drug test. Not sure if it was because he had an accident, or because he was applying somewhere, but I hear her say, “That cant be legal! What are they going to do if he tests positive for cocaine or something?”
…Are you kidding me? Yes, it’s totally legal to drug test someone if they have an accident with company equipment, or before they are hired at a job where that could be possible. I had to take one when I applied at a hardware store, and we had several people take them after they had accidents. And wtf is that last part? If he tests positive for an illegal drug, he will either not get the job, or will be fired. YOU WORK IN HR, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT. IT’S EVEN IN OUR HANDBOOK.