Bill would let employers penalize workers who say no to genetic testing

Los Angeles Times 

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a House committee becomes law. Employers, in general, don't have that power under existing federal laws that protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed last week by a House committee would allow employers to get around that if the information is collected as part of workplace wellness programs. Workplace wellness programs -- which offer workers a variety of carrots and sticks to monitor and improve their health, such as lowering cholesterol -- have become increasingly popular among companies. Others might charge people more for smoking.