If you have your DNA tested for genetic concerns, should the results be private? Or should you be forced to share that information with insurance companies and your employer? That issue is in the news this week. The USA moved in one direction (Guess what they decided – I know you can!) and Canada did the opposite.
Here’s what the US is doing:
- New bill would let companies force workers to get genetic tests, share results – Ars Technica
- Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We’ve got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans – The Register
- House GOP approves bill allowing companies to force genetic testing on workers – Boing Boing
And in Canada:
Over the objection of their own government, dozens of Liberal backbenchers voted Wednesday night in favour of a bill banning genetic discrimination.
In voting for what is known as Bill S-201, the backbench Liberals, along with all Conservative, NDP and Green Party MPs made it a crime for, among other things, insurance companies to demand potential customers provide a DNA test in order to get a policy. Additionally, no company will be able to deny someone a job if they fail to have their genes tested.
Protection from discrimination because of an individual’s genetic makeup will now be written into the Canadian Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. [continue]
That’s from the National Post article, Liberal backbenchers vote against Trudeau, pass law banning genetic discrimination.
Thank you, Canadian MPs.