Thursday, December 1, 2016

Crazy Government

Life is a dynamic process that constantly changes and is definitely full of surprises. I thought I would continue to be a dentist/small business owner for the rest of my life. Make no mistake about it, if it was my choice that is exactly what I would do. Enter the government and guess what they have another one of their crazy new regulations and once again it is time to tear out one of my few remaining hairs. This time it is Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) having a lovely time changing the rules of worker’s compensation insurance. In case you were not aware of it and there is no reason that you should have been. OSHA as of 8/10/16 has instituted a new regulation regarding worker’s compensation insurance (29 CFR 1904.35(b)(1)(i)). This new regulation does not allow for standard drug testing for employees that have worker’s compensation related injuries. The government feels that it is discrimination for employers to mandate that their employees be drug tested with worker’s compensation claims because it is possible that the employee would not file a worker’s compensation claim with a work related injury for fear of being outed for the use of illegal recreational drugs. I don’t know how you feel about it but if a bus or truck driver is illegally taking drugs and gets into an accident and several people are injured or killed I would want to know about it. If for no other reason, then to prevent this person from continuing to threaten the public. This is just another one of those crazy government over reaches that I complained about on numerous blogs. Being a business owner and a dentist they have been getting too much from me. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to be a dentist only and give up all the government hassles.  

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