New GINA Regulations are in Effect

On Janury 11, 2011, Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) , went into effect.  Title II of GINA prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information, by restricting the acquisition and disclosure of genetic information.  According to the regulations, genetic information includes information about individuals’ genetic tests, family medical history, requests for and receipt of genetic services by an individual or a family member and any information gained by assisted reproductive technology.  Additionally,  the regulations provide specific examples of what constitutes a genetic test, provide model language that employers can use when requesting genetic information and how GINA can be applied to social networking sites.

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