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Employers of all sizes
The Alabama House of Representatives has passed a bill to prohibit employers from requiring their employees to have a microchip implanted as a condition of employment.
What are the details?
Effective September 1, 2023, House Bill 4 would prohibit employers from mandating that their workers be implanted with a microchip or other “permanent identification marker.” The law defines a microchip as a device implanted under the skin that is passively or actively capable of transmitting personal information to another device using radio frequency technology. Violation of the act would be a Class D felony under the proposed bill. The bill sponsor, Rep. Prince Chestnut, D-Selma, said he did not know of any employers in Alabama requiring microchips but said his bill would be preemptive.
While employers currently don’t require implanted microchips, due to potential privacy concerns and religious objections. Alabama is far from the first state to consider legislation of the sort. At least four other states have prohibited employers from mandating microchips for employees. And seven more have prohibited mandatory microchipping of individuals regardless of the situation. Employers are banned from requiring device implants in Arkansas, California, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin, according to Bloomberg Law data. Wyoming is currently debating a similar bill.
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What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the provisions of the above bill and ensure that their business operations, policies and procedures are in compliance with the new law.
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