New CVS Policy Causes Uproar

CVS is asking their employees to tell them how much they weigh -- or pay a $600-a-year-fine.

 

It's not just cruel and unusual punishment. The drug-store chain is asking employees to share the information with the company's insurance carrier or pay $50 a month extra for health coverage. Employees are also asked to share their height, body fat and blood pressure.

 

The company is calling the information request a "health screening and wellness review." A spokesman added, "Our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health-associated costs."

 

This policy goes into effect May 1.

 

While many employers have been pushing its workers to get healthier, it’s usually through incentives rather than penalties.

Smokers working for CVS are also warned: “You must either be tobacco-free by May 1, 2014, or participate in the WebMD tobacco cessation program.

In a statement, CVS said the employee health data will be kept private and it defended its new policy.