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Can company ask for a COVID positive test results? HR is asking for "tracing" purposes. I don't really care to provide as I don't think they mean anything negative, but thought maybe I should be aware of what is allowed or not at least.

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Ok that is not a HIPAA violation. If they were to ask your provider to see your test without your consent- THAT is a HIPAA violation. But they are asking you. You can either do it or decline, but that’s not a HIPAA violation.

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Don’t do it. Companies are taking this way too far. Two years ago, could you imagine someone asking you for a positive flu test? I can’t imagine a scenario where that would have happened. Tell them you have politely provided them verbal confirmation of your results and you’d like to leave it at that.

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Do you really believe a company is going to ask you for a flu test? This isn’t some slippery slope. Over half a million Americans are dead

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They don’t need to see the test if you have covid and actually told them, for tracing purposes. If they wanna see the test, it’s for proof you’re not lying. If you’re not, tell them you don’t have to share that - cuz… HIPAA - but you can give them a list of people you may have had contact with to be compliant.

It would not be difficult to find a summary of HiPAA that would explain why it does not apply here

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Tracing purposes sounds like a privacy issue. I’d just send them the test results. What’s the harm if you told them and they know?

So they are legally allowed to ask, they are just not able to do anything with the information, like terminate you, or move your desk or put you on a different project because of it. I don’t think it’s a big deal to share but not sure how it helps them other than just making sure people aren’t lying about this stuff.

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