Silly laws and stupid regulations. Seems like this should be a new feature on the blog. It will be. Send me any submissions you’d like to nominate!
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published additional guidance addressing whether an employer violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by requiring a high school diploma for a job. The guidance was issued in response to an earlier informal discussion letter in which the EEOC stated that such a requirement may violate the ADA if it screens out individuals who cannot obtain a diploma because of a learning disability, unless the employer can demonstrate that the requirement is job related and consistent with business necessity.
Keep in mind, guidance is something regulatory agencies do to avoid actual rulemaking. The ADA was a well-intentioned law that has grown to impose more and more regulatory burdens, and in some cases it’s just getting silly. But then, it’s not like our public school system has really made high school diplomas all that valuable… So…
I think you got it backwards, Illinois..
I posted a link about this earlier, but I wanted to expand on the new Drain-O law in the People’s Republic of Illinois. This is the most absurd and outrageous response to two attacks by nut-jobs on women with Drain-O, which is caustic.
The law, which took effect Sunday, requires those who seek to buy caustic or noxious substances, except for batteries, to provide government-issued photo identification that shows their name and date of birth. The cashier then must log the name and address, the date and time of the purchase, the type of product, the brand and even the net weight.
Yes. Two attacks led to a state-wide law requiring a photo ID to get Drain-O. Yet, the state doesn’t require a photo ID to vote. What’s next, Illinois, do you want each bottle of Drain-O to be numbered, cataloged, and have distinctive properties to identify who bought it? In response, some stores are just refusing to carry those products because they want to avoid possible fines and keep their cashiers from having to do bullshit busywork.