State Looks To Ban Microchipping Of Workers As Condition Of Employment

Employee microchipping is the stuff of dystopian movies but one state thinks the possibility is so real that it is moving to ban it before it takes root.

KPC News reports:

“The Indiana House is poised to vote Tuesday on what may be the most significant piece of pro-worker legislation since Republicans took majority control of the chamber in 2011.

It’s not an increase in the state’s $7.25 per hour minimum wage, unchanged since 2009. It’s not a requirement that businesses provide employees with their work schedules a week in advance. And it certainly won’t make it easier for workers to organize into unions and collectively bargain for wages and benefits.

Instead, House Bill 1143 would expressly prohibit an employer from requiring an employee, or a job candidate, to have an identification or tracking device implanted in their body as a condition of employment.

There currently are no employers in the United States that require employees have a device implanted or otherwise incorporated into their bodies as a condition of employment, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.

But state Rep. Alan Morrison, R-Brazil, the sponsor, said one company in Wisconsin and several in Sweden are using employee microchips on a voluntary basis, and he’s concerned about the trend coming to the Hoosier State.

‘When I came up with this three years ago, I promise you I wasn’t wearing my aluminum foil hat — not that I have one — but I wasn’t wearing one either,’ Morrison said. ‘It is actually a real thing that’s happening. It’s becoming more and more pervasive throughout the world.'”

For the rest of the story, visit KPC News here.

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