Employers say a federal law designed to prevent discriminationbased on genetics is clashing with methods that entice workers toparticipate in wellness programs, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA),which was enacted last year, restricts employers' and healthinsurers' ability to collect and disclose genetic information andfamily medical history.

The law conflicts with employers' ability to distribute healthcare surveys, which some companies use to offer health advice ordirect at-risk employees to disease-management programs, accordingto WSJ. Employers say the law prohibits them from usingincentives--including cash or insurance premium reductions--inorder to get workers to fill out the surveys.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
NOT FOR REPRINT

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from www.copyright.com. All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.