House bill HR 1313, introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), proposes to allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing, then allow employers to see the results, and impose financial penalties on any employees who request to opt out of the requirement.
The bill, which was before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, was supported by all 22 Republicans and opposed by all 17 Democrats on the Committee.
Those in support of the bill state that the legislation would give employers the ability to offer wellness plans and promote a healthy workforce and lower health care costs.
Critics say the bill would eviscerate the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which specifically prohibit employers from asking for, accessing or using genetic information for certain actions that are considered discriminatory.
We will be watching this bill closely.