EEOC Issues Final Regulations Implementing the Genetic Information Nondiscriminaton Act of 2008

On May 21, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”) into law, which prohibits the use of genetic information in the employment context, restricts employers and other entities covered by Title II from requesting, requiring, or purchasing genetic information, and strictly limits such entities from disclosing such information. GINA took effect on November 21, 2009.

On November 9, 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued Final Regulations interpreting GINA and providing guidance on GINA’s provisions. The EEOC’s Final Regulations become effective on January 10, 2011.  

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