GINA Regulations Suggest Changes to FMLA and ADA Forms for Employers
November 30, 2010
By: Hugh F. Murray, III
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA") became effective November 1, 2009. For employers in Connecticut and Massachusetts it was in large measure a non-event, because its basic premise -- that employers may not discriminate against employees on the basis of genetic information -- has been law in those states. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") has now issued regulations under GINA that clarify the definitions used under the statute (and likely under state law as well) and provide some helpful guidance to employers seeking to avoid inadvertent liability under the law.
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