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Am J Health Promot. 2017 Jul;31(4):271-273. doi: 10.1177/0890117117715043.

Preserving Employee Privacy in Wellness.

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Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).

Abstract

The proposed "Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act" states that the collection of information about the manifested disease or disorder of a family member shall not be considered an unlawful acquisition of genetic information. The bill recognizes employee privacy protections that are already in place and includes specific language relating to nondiscrimination based on illness. Why did legislation expressly intending to "preserve wellness programs" generate such antipathy about wellness among journalists? This article argues that those who are committed to preserving employee wellness must be equally committed to preserving employee privacy. Related to this, we should better parse between discussions and rules about commonplace health screenings versus much less common genetic testing.

PMID:
28635323
DOI:
10.1177/0890117117715043
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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