New Federal Law Prohibits Employers from Requiring Genetic Testing of Employees or Discriminating Against Employees on the Basis of Genetic Testing


On May 21, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination

Act of 2008 ("GINA"), which prohibits employers and health insurance companies from

discriminating against or refusing coverage to individuals based on the results of genetic testing.

Passage of this law places new burdens on employers. The Equal Employment Opportunity

Commission ("EEOC") is required to adopt implementing regulations by May 2009, and GINA

becomes effective in November 2009.

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