Friday, June 29, 2012

Obama care -- the details

Robins Commentary --

The Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to enact Obama care by changing the classification of not having insurance from being just a fee or fine to being a tax which in several years could cost you $695 in penalties for 2.5% of your income whichever is greater.

Below, I have included the actual ruling from the Supreme Court and the Obama care act itself [you know the one that nobody has read and Nancy Pelosi said that you have to pass a to know what's in it]

this opens up in my opinion a Pandora's box which allows the government to set a new set of rules that directly affects our lives.

At the very least... those of us who cannot afford healthcare and who do not meet the low income disqualification for the penalty [tax] are now placed in a financial situation that we may not be over get ourselves out of.

In later commentaries... I'll go into more details however, I encourage you to read for yourselves the facts and decide for yourselves the long-term consequences of what just happened this week.

More later...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

employee rights in the "at will" state

Robin's Commentary --

you don't really think about these issues until it becomes an issue to similar about what's going on at my workplace where the company is asking its employees to comply with an issue that will permanently affect their lives outside of the job itself, and the more that I dug into this issue has brought up some pretty surprising results.

Recently, in e-mail exchange with the Oregon Bureau of Labor, I Asked the Following Question...

 A company requires you to have a tattoo which is a permanent marking or alteration on your body  that will stay with you after the job?

You're given the choice to have the tattoo or be fired.

as an individual, you have the right to say no to the tatoo but keep in mind that if you're an 'at-will' employee since the employer can terminate an 'at-will' employee for any reason or no reason at all, then the employer could terminate you for your refusal to get the tatoo.-- Oregon Department of labor
so if your company asked you to get a tattoo... would you do it?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Sleep apnea -- the new fad?

There is a new buzz word out there... it's called sleep apnea and some employers are requiring employees to submit themselves to sleep apnea testing which may result in be required to use CPAP Machine or lose their jobs.

Think this won't happen to you?

There is a wide variety of "visible" conditions that may cause an employer to suspect that you may be suffering from sleep apnea even if you are not falling asleep at the job.  Some of those conditions ranged from being overweight, having a thick neck to even have in a small jaw.

Once diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be required to wear a CPAP machine for the rest of your life.

Refusal to comply [as these machines keep a record] may be grounds for termination.

In some states, if you get into an accident [both commercial and noncommercial driving] may cost you your license if you are not using your machine.

Personally, I think it's bull shit, and although I have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea... I've already made it very clear with my employer that they can take the job and shove it and I think more people should do the same because just like with any new "fad" this can be taken to the extreme.