· Mar 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm
A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.
Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a “workplace wellness” program.
The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but the genetic testing bill is expected to be folded into a second ACA-related measure containing a grab-bag of provisions that do not affect federal spending, as the main bill does.
LOVE IT. Genetics are all fun and games until your boss finds out your momma was a leper.
Despite the heavy financial pressure, employee participation is still considered voluntary. Under HR 1313, GINA wouldn’t apply to anything voluntarily collected through wellness programs, and companies would have access to genetic data. That information would be stripped of identifiers, but in small companies, it could be fairly easy to match certain genetic profiles to specific employees.
Moreover, employers tend to hire third parties to collect and manage health data. These companies are not heavily regulated and can review genetic and other health data with identifiers. Some of the companies even sell health information to advertisers, STAT notes.
Read the HR 1313 bill on congress.gov →
#politics #healthnews #worknews
· Mar 10, 2017 at 8:47 am
Peeps, here’s your I’m-winking-at-you Friday jam.
I heard this driving to work a few minutes ago and the “got new skank, it’s so reet” line always makes me wonder what Chrissie Hynde meant by that.
Regardless, Chrissie Hynde’s the best.
· Mar 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm
Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, reporting for The New York Times on the fallout from Donald Trump’s completely unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” during the election:
So for Mr. Trump’s allies inside the West Wing and beyond, the tweetstorm spawned the mother of all messaging migraines. Over the past few days, they have executed what amounts to a strategic political retreat — trying to publicly validate Mr. Trump’s suspicions without overtly endorsing a claim some of them believe might have been generated by Breitbart News and other far-right outlets.
“No, that’s above my pay grade,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary and a feisty Trump loyalist, when asked on Tuesday at an on-camera briefing if he had seen any evidence to back up Mr. Trump’s accusation. The reporters kept at him, but Mr. Spicer pointedly and repeatedly refused to offer personal assurances that the president’s statements were true.
“I don’t know anything about it,” John F. Kelly, the homeland security secretary, said on CNN on Monday. Mr. Kelly shrugged and added that “if the president of the United States said that, he’s got his reasons to say it.”
How’s this for a reason: Donald Trump is not mentally fit. He is unhinged from reality. Many of us have said this ever since the election began, and were dismissed as being blinded by partisanship. Now that he’s in office, Trump is proving it by his own words and deeds.
He’s a delusional psychopath on Twitter…
One good thing to come from this is Mark Hamill reading Trump’s wiretap tweets in his Joker voice…
PS- In case you didn’t know, Hamill is the voice actor for The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Yes, the show is good and so is Hamill’s take on The Joker.
PPS- I keep seeing the title as Sean Spicer: “No, that’s above my gay parade” — 😁
#politics #trump #markhamill
· Mar 9, 2017 at 10:58 am
Peeps, here’s your you-look-so-fancy Thursday jam.
These guys are one of the few bands I’ve been listening to for as long as I can remember. At one time I had two of their 8-tracks in my high school car. Because 8-tracks.
Benjamin Orr (vocals, bass) looks like he’s darkly-cool ready to star in the next Flash Gordon.
Also..we should all teleport back to 1978 for this show. Like today.