As of November 21, 2009, employers must post a supplement next to the 2009 Employment Poster. The new posting includes changes to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) notice concerning the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), signed into law by President Bush on May 21, 2008. The purpose of GINA is to prohibit any improper use of genetic information (for example, any genetic predisposition to developing a disease) in health insurance and employment. Employers may not use an employee’s genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement or promotion decisions. Today, employers must begin complying with GINA. Nor may group health plans or health insurers deny coverage to healthy individuals—or charge higher premiums—on the basis of genetic information.
The posting also explains changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as revisions to laws pertaining to employers who hold federal contracts or subcontracts.
The 2009 Employment Post supplement is available to employers for free at the EEOC web site.