Sunday, March 12, 2017

Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill; Washington Post, March 11, 2017

Lena H. Sun, Washington Post; Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill

"Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.

In general, employers don't have that power under existing federal laws, which protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce would allow employers to get around those obstacles if the information is collected as part of a workplace wellness program."

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