Hoosier employers can't legally require workers to get microchipped

As of July 1, Indiana state law says that besides with a court order, no company can force an employee or a candidate to have a microchip implanted, injected, ingested, inhaled, or placed in their body for any reason. State representative Bob Morris says this law a necessary for privacy protection.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 8:58 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2020 10:18 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Technology can make our lives easier. Cell phones are now computers and computers can connect us to virtually anyone in the world.

Microchip technology has advanced so much that people are getting them implanted under their skin.

Indiana State Representative Bob Morris, (R) District 84, was the co-author of a bill that says Indiana companies cannot require employees or candidates to get one, like some companies are allowed to do throughout the country.

"There are other states where employers have microchipped their employees," Morris said. "In the state of Indiana, that’ll never happen as far as contingency on employment."

People who spoke with FOX 55 said getting a microchip could be a good idea, but most people, like Ednecia Burton and Jennifer Redner, say no thanks.

"I feel like it’s weird. I would not get a microchip inserted in me because I just feel like it’s an invasion of privacy, so I don’t think I would," Burton said.

Redner explained "There are positives to it as far as safety, but I think there’s also as many concerns. So, until there’s further knowledge on that, what that would really be used for, it would not be something I would be safe doing."

Currently, microchip technology works like radio frequency identification, AKA RFID, storing a small amount of information about you like your allergies incase you're rushed to the hospital and a doctor needs to know or security information so you can can do things like go inside your work without a key.

Now though, state law says companies cannot make current or future works implant, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise incorporate a device in their body.

Representative Morris says this is to protect hoosiers from being tracked in the future.

"You put a chip inside of you that’s a GPS monitor, everywhere you go, that company could follow that. What time did you go on break? How long were you in the bathroom? How long did it take you to eat your lunch? It took you forty five minutes to load a ream of paper into the copy machine. Just imagine everything you do, they’re tracking everywhere you go," Morris explained.

If your company asks if you want to get microchipped and you voluntarily say yes, there's no problem with that, but the new law does state that if for some reason there is a court order stating an employee or candidate needs to have some type of device, the have to comply with the order.

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