House passes off-Duty activities bill

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In a vote split along party lines, the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation that would prohibit employers from firing or refusing to hire workers because they engage in legal off-duty activities such as smoking.

The legislation would allow companies to require employees to pay additional health care costs for unhealthy lifestyle choices.

The House also passed bills that would prevent employers from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against workers based on their credit history, physical appearance or health.

The bills’ futures are uncertain in the Republican-controlled Senate. It will be interesting to see how the smoking bill, in particular, fares since the Senate just passed a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces.

In fact, the Senate stripped exemptions for casinos, bingo halls, horse tracks, cigar bars and smoke shops, extending the ban to cover all workplaces. The only exception would be American Indian casinos, which are exempt because of tribal sovereignty.

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