2. July 2014 02:21
Protecting Genetic Data
A growing concern
By Jeremy Gruber, JD
As genetic testing and genetic information become increasingly available, it is critical that employers have a full understanding of current genetic privacy and nondi... [More]
21. May 2014 21:53
Six years ago today on May 21, 2008, then President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) into law. Senator Ted Kennedy hailed GINA as the "first civil rights bill of the new century." GINA represents the first time that Congress has passed... [More]
18. December 2013 21:46
It took 12 years and $3bn to sequence the human genome and figure out the code in our DNA. These days, people can post off a blood sample and get information on their genetic inheritance for as little as a couple of thousand dollars. This drastic reduction in cost, time and effort is fuelling ... [More]
24. July 2013 01:01
Genetic testing is becoming a cornerstone of modern medicine—used to measure the likelihood of developing diseases from cancer to mental illness.
Employers increasingly are running up against a federal law that governs how genetic information can be used. Pictured, a DNA sample in... [More]
14. May 2013 02:13
Federal Agency Files First Suit Enforcing Genetic Discrimination Law Against Fabric Distributor That Requested Family Medical History, Refused to Hire Woman
TULSA, Okla. - Fabricut, Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of decorative fabrics, will pay $50,000 and furnish other... [More]
25. February 2013 18:34
Employers can prepare themselves for the expected time when the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act of 2008 becomes a focus of litigation, experts say.
One way to avoid potential litigation related to GINA is for employers to “use the safe harbor language whenever they send an... [More]
5. February 2013 00:36
Yaniv Erlich, Ph.D., and his research team at the Whitehead Institute hoped to start a conversation when they published their study in Science showing that all they needed to identify nearly 50 individuals who had submitted personal genetic material for genomic studies was just a computer, an ... [More]
22. January 2013 02:52
Getting the results of a genetic test can be a bit like opening Pandora's box. You might learn something useful or interesting, or you might learn that you're likely to develop an incurable disease later on in life.
There's a federal law that's supposed to protect people from having t... [More]
22. February 2012 00:16
In 2010, Pamela Fink, an employee of a Connecticut energy company, made a new kind of discrimination claim: she charged that she had been fired because she carries genes that predispose her to cancer. Fink quickly became the public face for the cutting edge of civil rights: genetic discriminat... [More]
14. June 2011 01:13
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule under which employers would be required to maintain all relevant employment and personnel records until any charge filed under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is resolved.
The 2008 law prohibits employment discri... [More]