TECH: Interesting employment agreement

There’s a certain fast growing practice management company with a very outspoken CEO, who has a very famous last name. I poked fun about their sorority-crowd employees at HIMSS. But I didn’t know the type of scrutiny that they’d have had to come through. Look at this as part of their employment application agreement:

I understand that the Company reserves the right to require me to submit to a drug test at any time and also reserves the right to require me to submit to an alcohol test and/or medical examination to the extent permitted by applicable law. I authorize the Company to investigate my driving record, my criminal record (Federal, state and local, as well as any record of health care fraud and abuse or other offenses retained by the OIG or other regulatory agencies), and my credit history, and I understand that an investigative consumer report may be prepared whereby information is obtained through personal interviews with neighbors, friends, and others with whom I am acquainted. This inquiry would include information as to my character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. (THCB emphasis added) I understand I have the right to make written request within a reasonable period of time to receive additional information about the nature and scope of this investigation.

Well they wouldn’t give me a job! Nor basically anyone else in San Francisco. Then it hit me; what a tradition said company is joining. There’s Henry Ford who sent his minions out to investigate his employees behavior, and then more recently someone else equally outspoken and equally paranoid also started a pretty big health care IT firm and put lots of conditions on his employees behavior too. So I suspect this pretty much guarantees AthenaHealth’s success…..

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