Montana Employment Law Update — May 2019

Montana Employment Law Update

Implementation of Microchips in Employees

On May 7, 2019, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed legislation (S.B. 286) regarding an employer’s ability to implant microchips in employees and independent contractors (employees). Among other things, the law addressed the following:

  • Microchip implantation is prohibited in employees without their written permission.
  • The microchip must be removed upon an employee’s request.
  • A microchip must cease transmitting when the employee leaves the job where he or she was microchipped.
  • The government may not require a person or employee to have a microchip implanted.

A microchip is technology designed to be surgically implanted in an individual’s body that contains a unique identification number and personal information that can be noninvasively retrieved or transmitted with an external scanning device.

The law is effective October 1, 2019.

Read MT S.B. 286