New Wellness Bill HR 1313 Gets Flak for Genetic Privacy Concerns

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A new workplace wellness bill is coming under fire.

A bill in Congress could slap penalties on workers who don’t participate in corporate wellness programs.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee passed the proposal for the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act on March 8. Introduced by panel chairwoman U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, HR 1313 would “reaffirm existing law to allow employee wellness programs to be tied to responsible financial incentives,” according to the committee’s website.

It would allow employers to offer health insurance premium rebates to employees who take part in workplace wellness programs, many of which

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