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Monitoring Your Staff's Personal Habits

Controversy heats up over off-the-clock regulation.

This story appears in the July 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

This winter, medical benefits administration company Weyco started a firestorm when it announced it would test employees for nicotine use and fire people who didn't stop smoking.

The Okemos, Michigan, company says it's trying to create a healthy work force. Of course, healthier workers lead to lower insurance costs for companies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates smoking accounts for at least $75 billion in direct medical expenditures every year, as well as $80 billion in lost productivity.

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