Sen. Stadelman

SPRINGFIELD – In response to microchipping technology becoming more readily available, State Senator Steve Stadelman introduced a measure to prohibit employers from requiring employees to implant RFID chips or other identification devices.

“As technology advances, it is crucial that we protect the rights and privacy of employees,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “Microchipping individuals without their consent is a clear violation of their autonomy.”

While not widespread, some companies are working on creating microchips to boost worker performance and productivity. To ensure there is a legal framework in place in Illinois, Stadelman’s measure would prohibit a person from requiring any other individual, including an employee, to undergo the subcutaneous implanting of an identification device, also known as a microchip. It also creates a process where an employee can voluntarily undergo an implant. Violations would be subject to civil penalties.

“The dignity and privacy of employees must be upheld in the face of technological innovation,” said Stadelman. “We must safeguard fundamental human rights and maintain ethical standards in the workplace.”

Senate Bill 3105 awaits a hearing in the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy.