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EEOC Releases New “EEO” Poster

November 13, 2009

The EEOC has updated its “Equal Employment Opportunity” poster to reflect the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). This poster is required for all employers with 15 or more employees.

The EEOC notes on its website that covered employers can comply with this posting requirement in one of three ways: (1) print the “EEO is the Law” poster supplement  and display it next to the older version of the poster, (2) print and post the new “EEO is the Law” poster, or (3) order the new poster through the EEOC Clearinghouse (for those employers who need more than 10 copies).

As stated in the poster, “Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on genetic information in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment. GINA also restricts employers’ acquisition of genetic information and strictly limits disclosure of genetic information. Genetic information includes information about genetic tests of applicants, employees, or their family members; the manifestation of diseases or disorders in family members (family medical history); and requests for or receipt of genetic services by applicants, employees, or their family members.” The GINA statute becomes effective November 21, 2009.

For more information on the ADAAA, see our January 2009 newsletter.

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