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Final GINA Regulations Released

Read the Employee Benefit News article regarding final GINA requlations issues November 9, 2010.

Get a copy of the Federal Register for GINA regulations.

According to Employee Benefit News, "GINA and its new implementing regulations:

 • Prohibit the use of genetic information in employment decisions, including those concerning hiring, firing, compensation, and terms and conditions of employment;

• Generally bar employers from requesting, requiring, or purchasing genetic information, other than to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act or similar laws, for use in genetic monitoring related to toxic substances in the workplace, or for DNA analysis for law enforcement purposes;

• Permit employers to request genetic information in connection with a wellness program, provided, among other things, that an employee consents to receive such request, and any financial inducement for providing such information is also available to employees participating in the program who do not do so (e.g., they provide other information that is not genetic information);

• Require that genetic information be maintained as a confidential medical record, strictly limiting its disclosure; and • Provide broad remedies for individuals whose genetic information is acquired, used, or disclosed in violation of GINA, and protect employees from retaliation for exercising rights under GINA."

Posted by Cristie Travis at 9:10 AM

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