New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results
Under guise of “voluntary” wellness programs, employees’ genetics could be exposed.
A new bill that is quietly moving through the House would allow companies to strong-arm their employees into taking genetic tests and then sharing that data with unregulated third parties as well as the employer. Employees that resist could face penalties of thousands of dollars.
On Wednesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved HR 1313 along party lines. At this point it should be no surprise that it was 22 Republicans supporting and 17 Democrats opposing the bill.