Employers with 15 or more employees and all governmental units must now update the information they post regarding discrimination laws to include information about the newly enacted Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). GINA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of genetic information, and from requesting genetic information from employees. “Genetic information” is broadly defined to include information about (1) an individual’s genetic tests, (2) the genetic tests of an individual’s family members, and (3) the manifestation of a disease or disorder in a family member
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has revised its “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster to reflect these new changes. The poster - and other posters - is available at: http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/poster.cfm.
Employers should also review their handbooks to ensure that their EEO policies prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of genetic information, and that employers do not request any such information from employees.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.
New Jersey State League of Municipalities • 222 West State Street • Trenton, NJ 08608 • (609) 695-3481 •FAX: (609) 695-0151