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University Staff Object to Health Plan

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 16, 2013

The New York Times reports on Pennsylvania State University’s introduction of “Take Care of Your Health,” a wellness plan that sparked staff protests and allegations it “is coercive, punitive and invades university employees’ privacy.” Under the plan, nonunion employees must “visit their doctors for a checkup, undergo several biometric tests and submit to an extensive online health risk questionnaire that asks, among other questions, whether they have recently had problems with a co-worker, a supervisor or a divorce,” the report states. Those who do not participate face a $1,200 pay deduction annually. “You can’t force people to disclose the state of their marriage or fine them $100 a month,” one professor said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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