When Your Boss Makes You Pay for Being Fat

Men with waist sizes measuring 40 inches or more or have high blood pressure, have to pay as much as $1,000 health-care coverage if they want to work at Michelin North America Inc. Not just Michelin, but other companies across America are demanding that employees share their personal health information because they are not able to lower the costs of health care without changing their habits. Companies are expected to carry out penalties because they feel that it will eventually lead to reward for its workers and lower the costs of health-care. Michelin chose to award workers who completed health-assessment surveys or participated in action plans for wellness. Those who are in healthy shape will receive up to $1,000 to reduce their annual deductibles.

With many companies across the nation beginning to adapt these new rules and guidelines for employees to submit their health records, others believe that it is a violation for discrimination as well as being a violation of privacy, I believe that this will lead to discrimination when hiring, which is unfair, but if it is established to lower health-care costs, these rules should be enforced in many companies.

Written by: Samantha Chin

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324600704578402784123334550.html

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