EEOC: Wellness programs can use genetic information

08/23/2011 | HRMorning.com

Employers may use genetic information voluntarily provided by an employee, and then tie that information to incentives or programs for the employee to make health improvements, says an informal guidance letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Employers must first get written permission from an individual before requesting the genetic information, and cannot use rewards or penalties to encourage workers to provide genetic information.

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