This bill would allow employers to require employees to undergo genetic testing as part of a voluntary employee wellness program, in which participating employees can receive discounts of between 30 and 50 percent on their employer-sponsored health insurance premiums. It would consider such testing as being in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and other federal laws. Employees would be able to refuse to participate in genetic testing, but they wouldn’t have access to the health insurance discount or other rewards offered through the employee wellness program.
Employers would still be required to comply with the requirements of workplace wellness programs and state laws related to the storage of sensitive personal information. Under current law, employers are prohibited from collecting genetic information from their employees, and genetic information is only shared with healthcare professionals.