Employer’s Right to Information

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about knowledge of employees’ marital status:

I have a suspicion that two co-workers have gotten married. What rights do I have as an employer to ask. If these two got married it would effect their health insurance, 401k beneficiary etc.

Signed, An Employer

DearĀ An Employer:

It is not a concern of yours at this point in time. Granted: insurance would most likely be cheaper if they were married and one became a co-dependent. However, they most likely wish to keep their credit, insurance, 401K, etc. separate in order to avoid future credit problems. Oh, by the way, you don’t have any rights as an employer to even inquire as to their marital status. If they want to make changes, they will notify their employer/human resources department.

Dan Kearney, Guest Respondent