This morning, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its final rule interpreting Title II (the employment provisions) of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, which prohibits the gathering or use of genetic information in a number of contexts, including employment.
The GINA was signed into law by President George W. Bush in May 2008, with an effective date of November 21, 2009. The EEOC had issued proposed regulations in March 2009, but the final rule was delayed because of turnover in the agency and inter-agency consultation that was required.
Constangy will be issuing a more comprehensive Client Bulletin on the GINA regulations in the near future.
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