Spring cleaning: Give employee handbook a thorough going-over

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Because employment laws and your business are in a constant state of flux, it’s critical to keep your personnel policies up-to-date. As spring approaches (yes, it will be here someday), one item on every HR professional’s spring cleaning list should be a review of the organization’s employee handbook.

In light of recent legal changes, be sure your policies include these updates:

Genetic information

Include genetic information on your list of protected classes.

As we reported last month, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) recently went into effect. GINA prohibits discrimination based on employees’ and applicants’ genetic information, and that of their family members as well.

Genetic information includes the results of genetic tests, along with information about family medical histories.

As a result of this new law, you should add genetic information to the list of protected characteristics in ...(register to read more)

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