By this time of year college graduates have read a few “how to” books about finding a career. They should also read a new legislative initiative, H.R.1313, but first -
for those who don't know about genetics, there are four bases found in a DNA molecule: adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T). The unique sequences of bases in a portion of a DNA molecule, called genes, carries the instructions needed to assemble proteins that forms all life. That’s as scientific as this blog post gets.
In March of this year Rep. Virginia Foxx, [R-NC-5] sponsored a bill titled, H.R.1313 - Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act - to 3 House Committees: Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means and, finally referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
The House bill supports wellness management firms acquiring genetic data from employees and their family members. It seeks to override the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and GINA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. Rep Foxx, with the support of the American Benefits Council, has deceived 22 House members thus far, into pushing this dangerous and potentially discriminatory bill forward.
We have to ask hiring executives as well as health managers what they hope to do with approximately 25,000 genes per individual. The answer is clear isn’t it? Eliminate employee diversity under the guise of a health admin firm.
The human genome is DNA, the most complex, miraculous life creating substance known to mankind. It’s also the final human data protected by law. So, how have we come to this? To understand how and why HR offices have been infiltrated with predictive health and psychometrics software is realizing the beginning of a transition to bio-profiling that must be stopped. One story is found in, The Only Fields That Matter.