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Here’s to Your Health!

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Jun 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

But you're not being toasted.  You are being required by your employer to wear one of those little wearable devices to monitor your health.  You know them: Jawbone, Fitbit, and the like.  And it's not optional. Your employer is telling you that you have to wear it.

Sound farfetched?  It seems to be happening, as explained in this article from the Financial Times.

Why are companies interested in doing this?  For one thing, they're paying for health insurance, and there's a connection between employee health and premiums.  

But what about potential abuse of the data, perhaps for use in making employment decisions?  There are potential problems there, not the least of which is how employee morale might be affected.

All in all, this is a fairly new development that has the potential for a lot more discussion, and sooner rather than later.  Companies should not get involved in this type of program without thinking through the possible consequences.  

About the Author

Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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