Bill allowing firms to ask for workers’ genetic info passes first hurdle

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A new bill would give employers a lot more freedom with their wellness program requests — and essentially override the protections under GINA.  

The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313) was just approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

If passed, the bill would allow employers to require employees to undergo genetic testing and share that info under a workplace wellness program.

At odds with GINA

Currently, employers are prohibited from requesting this type of info under GINA.

GINA, which was enacted in 2008 and took effect in 2009, prohibits employers from requesting, requiring or

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