Apple Offers a Legally Risky Perk: Genetic Testing

by Evil HR Lady on December 19, 2019

The old perks of free lunch and onsite dry cleaning are moving aside for Apple’s new perk: Genetic testing.

Apple has onsite health clinics, and they now offer employees free genetic testing. This seems like a fantastic perk, but I’d be extra cautious about it.

It has a noble goal–turning healthcare from reactive to proactive. This is something most of us can appreciate. If you know you’re at risk for something, you can change your behavior or get treatment before it becomes a problem. However, the law makes this a risky endeavor, indeed.

In 2008 the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became law. This prohibits employers and insurers from discriminating against people based on their genetics. That is, you can’t say, “we won’t hire you or insure you because you carry a gene which indicates a high probability of colon cancer.” 

Employment attorney Jon Hyman explains when employers can gather genetic information:

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