Legislation (Federal)

Winter 2010: Topics of Interest for 2010 (Part 1 – Legislative Changes)

Download This Issue in .pdf Format Federal law:GINA (Employers with 15 or more employees)The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 became effective November 21, 2009. Under Title II of GINA, employers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals based on their genetic information. Genetic information includes the results of genetic tests as well as an individual’s family history. EEOC enforces Title II of GINA and published new EEOC regulations which: 1) make it illegal to use genetic information in making employment decisions (hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, benefits, etc.); 2) restrict an employer’s acquisition of genetic information; and 3) impose strict limitations on disclosure of genetic information. The “EEO Is The Law” poster has been revised to reflect the new law. Federal law:FMLA Amendments (Employers with 50 or more employees)The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has expanded the coverage of military exigency leave and military caregiver leave under the FMLA: 1.) Qualifying Exigency ... Read More