Thursday, February 18, 2016

Employers use consultants who analyze associate metadata to predict pregnancies and other health care use

Employers are end-rounding the law (HIPAA) trying to predict which associates might get sick, and most of all which female employees are likely to get pregnant. The Wall Street Journal explains how this works Feb. 16 in a story by Emma Silverman. Some companies, like Wal-Mart, have employed consultants like Castlight to crunch employee data and predict which employees could be likely to use health services.

Fortune has an article that focuses on the pregnancy issue, by Valentina Zarya, saying it may technically be legal but unethical
Again, this feeds back to the paid family leave (especially maternity or parental) debate.  When it is used, will childless employees in an exempt, salaried environment put in more “on call” work for free?  This is what could happen in the past, even when pregnancy or parental leave was taken as part of normal vacation or sick leave.

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