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  •  Same thing go with wages? (10+ / 0-)
    Once you say they have to pay for it, then they have a right to inquire into things that will affect how MUCH they have to pay.
    An employer has to pay wages, so is the employer then entitled to an extensive list as to how the employee spends the wages?  And if the list isn't supplied, the employee is fined?
    •  An employer has the right to inquire (3+ / 0-)
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      FG, erush1345, Kickemout

      about things that affect what the EMPLOYER pays for.

      If the employer just gave the employee certain dollars, and the employee went and spent them for health care, it would be none of the employer's business.

      But the law requires that the employer provide essentially a service to employees -- health insurance -- that covers certain things, and the employer cannot just give the employee dollars and let the employee spend them for health care on his own.  How much the employer has to pay for that service is often directly affected by choices the employee makes.

      There's a big difference between an employer being required to buy you a service/product (where the employer can inquire into things that affect how the employer can contract for that service/product) and the employer just paying for your work and letting you buy the service/product on terms YOU negotiate.  

      •  Really, what a crock. (2+ / 0-)
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        allergywoman, JesseCW
        How much the employer has to pay for that service is often directly affected by choices the employee makes.
        Then the employer should go first and get all the testing and share with the whole company their findings.
        •  Not a crock. Read the comment of (1+ / 0-)
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          erush1345

          ChurchofBruce below.  He confirms that (as some large businesses do) CVS self insures.  So, choices made by employees (like whether to smoke, or whether to eat extremely unhealthy foods all the time) directly affect CVS's bottom line.

          If your employer is your health insurer, your employer has a right to inquire about things that will affect the cost of providing that insurance to you.  

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