On November 21, 2009, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became effective. This federal law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. GINA prohibits discrimination against employees based upon their genetic information. Genetic information includes family medical history. Here are the 7 most common mistakes employers are likely to be making right now under GINA:
- Failing to Notify Employees About GINA: Notices to employees regarding their rights under the equal employment opportunity laws must be updated to include notice regarding rights under GINA (and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2009). Employers can obtain free posters at the EEOC website, here.