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January 10, 2011

Final GINA Regulations Issued

Filed under: Genetic — Jane @ 3:22 pm

GINA, the federal Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act, became effective almost a year ago. After numerous delays, the EEOC has published final regulations that provide guidance in implementing the employment provisions of the Act.  GINA prohibits use of genetic information to make decisions about health insurance and employment, and restricts the acquisition and disclosure of genetic information.  The final regulations provide examples of genetic tests; more fully explain GINA’s prohibition against requesting, requiring, or purchasing genetic information; provide model language employers can use when requesting medical information from employees to avoid acquiring genetic information; and describe how GINA applies to genetic information obtained via electronic media, including websites and social networking sites.   The regulations can be found here.

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