More than a year after soliciting public comments on its proposed regulations, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued final regulations implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
Title II of GINA prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against an individual based on genetic information and restricts the acquisition and disclosure of genetic information.
"The final regulations implementing GINA reflect the concerted effort by all Commissioners to ensure that workers, job applicants, and employers will have clear guidance concerning the implementation of this new law," said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien.
The final regulations are effective January 10, 2011. Below is a brief summary of noteworthy clarifications. (For a refresher on the basics of GINA, read Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Becomes Law.)