14 August 2006    |    Uncategorized

Smokers beware

The European Union have recently confirmed that employers can refuse to employ smokers without being guilty of discrimination.

Following enquiries by an MEP, the Commission ruled that the case of an Irish employer refuse to accept applications from smokers was not discrimination that was prohibited by the treaty, and consequently was permitted.

Sue Nicolson, HR Partner, said, ” I would always advise employers to seek advice before taking any similar stance to ensure they comply with the legislation”.

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