Morrison's bill clarifying who must follow employee microchipping ban advances to House

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2021) – The House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions unanimously voted today to advance a bill that would clarify a new state law, which bans employers from requiring workers to be microchipped, according to State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil).

Morrison authored the law last year to protect employees from being forced to have microchips implanted in their bodies as a condition of employment or to receive additional compensation. The Brazil lawmaker said some confusion exists about what employers must adhere to the ban, so he aims to add clarity to the issue this year.

"My legislation this session legally defines the word 'employer' so that we eliminate any confusion about who this microchip ban applies to," Morrison said. "While still rare, today's technology makes microchipping a quick and simple procedure, but that doesn't mean it should become commonplace as a condition for keeping a job. Hoosiers deserve to maintain a level of privacy outside of work and shouldn't have to sacrifice it in order to stay employed."

According to Morrison, this bill would provide further clarification to what defines an employer in state statute to include the state of Indiana or any individual, partnership, association, limited liability company, corporation, business trust or other governmental entity with at least one employee.

Morrison said these microchips can be the size of a grain of rice that are embedded in people's hands to replace company badges. The technology is capable of GPS tracking, monitoring vital signs and being used for security purposes, which many would consider an attack on their personal freedom.

Indiana became the 12th state banning employers from mandating workers to have microchips in order to keep a job following Morrison's 2020 legislation.

House Bill 1156 now moves to the House floor for consideration. To learn more and watch legislative proceedings, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay,
 Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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