Friday, October 30, 2009

New EEOC Poster for GINA

The law generally requires "employers" (as that term is defined) to post notices (aka posters) describing Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination. Well, there's a new anti-discrimination law on the block called GINA (don't say I didn't warn you). Title II of GINA specifically addresses employment discrimination and goes into effect on November 21, 2009. And what do new laws mean? New poster!

The EEOC officially released the new version of the "EEO is the Law" poster. It includes a section on GINA:
Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on genetic information in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment. GINA also restricts employers’ acquisition of genetic information and strictly limits disclosure of genetic information. Genetic information includes information about genetic tests of applicants, employees, or their family members; the manifestation of diseases or disorders in family members (family medical history); and requests for or receipt of genetic services by applicants, employees, or their family members."
There are other revisions as well. For details read the "EEO is the Law" Poster Supplement. And to request up to 10 copies of the poster, fill out the EEOC Poster Request Form.