LETTER – Dancer bill prohibits mandatory microchipping of employees

 

Citing privacy and health issues, Assemblyman Ron Dancer will introduce legislation prohibiting employers from forcing employees to be implanted with personal identification microchip technology.

“A device implanted in an employee’s body should never be a condition of employment,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “It’s an invasion of privacy and an assault on their freedom. The chips can also cause health issues such as infections and may interfere with MRI machines and defibrillators. If employees volunteer to have the devices implanted, that’s their choice, but it should not be mandatory.”

Dancer’s bill prohibits employers from refusing to hire or terminate an employee who refuses a microchip with a unique identification number or code, personal information or both. Violators will be fined a maximum of $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for subsequent violations.

A Wisconsin-based technology company is offering its employees microchip implants allowing keyless access to the building and cash- and card-less payment for food in the cafeteria. The microchip is voluntary, but Dancer said he is introducing legislation to make certain it doesn’t become mandatory in New Jersey.