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Sparrow revises nicotine-free hiring policy

Posted at 1:43 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 13:43:32-05

LANSING, Mich. — Sparrow has revised its hiring policy in order to allow hiring of applicants who test positive for tobacco or nicotine as part of their pre-employment screening process so long as the applicant attends a smoking cessation program.

The change will not only contribute to the health and well-being of the applicants but will also increase job opportunities to area residents. At a difficult economic time when many people face uncertain job futures, the move will aid Sparrow in hiring new caregivers who are crucial in our response to the pandemic.

“Sparrow was a leader in establishing a nicotine-free hiring policy nearly a decade ago,” said Sparrow spokesperson John Foren. “Now, in light of the pandemic and the economy, we’ve revised the policy.”

In 2011, as part of Sparrow’s mission to improve the health of the people in our communities, the company became one of the first hospitals in Michigan to enact a policy to prohibit anyone from being hired at the hospital and its affiliates if they tested positive for tobacco or nicotine products in any form.

The new change was made after Sparrow recently began a review of the policy and its impact on our community members.

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