Medical Information and Employment

  • Request copies of your medical records before you authorize their release to an employer.  If the records are incorrect, request correction.
  • If you have to submit to a background check, ask for a copy of the report.
  • Be careful about disclosing health or medical information online, particularly on social media.  Even if you have set up privacy controls, they can’t guarantee you total privacy. 
  •  If you have a disability, you may be entitled to additional privacy protections.  Learn about your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and any applicable state laws.
  • If you have an employer-sponsored health plan, identify your company’s privacy officer.  You can ask this person your privacy questions. 
  • If you are considering participating in an employee wellness program ask your employer:

What information will be collected?
Who will be collecting the information and where will it be stored?
Who has access to the information and for what purposes?
Will you have any control over the use and disclosure of the information collected?
Does the program comply with HIPAA or any other privacy laws?
What privacy and security protections are in place?