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December 9, 2009

GINA and Poster: No It’s Not the Latest Crime Scene TV Series

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The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) becomes effective on November 21, 2009.  The Act protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on genetic information.

Employers not only should be familiar with GINA’s requirements, they will also need to make some changes.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revised its “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster to incorporate GINA’s requirements.

You’ll also want to make sure that your HR policies and employee handbook appropriately reference genetic protections.

You can review the July 2008 HR Note for more information on GINA.  Suggested HR Suite policy changes were made in the 2nd Update of 2008 and incorporated into the HR Suite master policy manual and handbook.

You can comply with the new poster requirements by:

  1. Printing a poster supplement at http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_gina_supplement.pdf
  2. And posting it next to the EEOC’s 2002 “EEO is the Law” poster,or
  3. Posting the current version of the “EEO is the Law” posteror
  4. Ordering a new poster.

The new poster is also available in Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.

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