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GINA – Is she our new employee? Compliance with the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act

The first GINA case was settled in 2013, reason? Employer made inquiries about employee’s family medical history in its post-offer medical examination. Subsequent cases in 2015, 2016 and in 2017 followed the same violation. I kept wondering why as employers do we keep making the same mistake? One day, I asked three different Human Resources Directors, “Do you know who is GINA”. Their response was “Is she a new employee”? That day, I also got a response to my question.

Under Title II of GINA, it is illegal to discriminate against employees or applicants because of genetic information. Title II of GINA prohibits the use of genetic information in making employment decisions, restricts employers and other entities covered by Title II (employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management training and apprenticeship programs - referred to as "covered entities") from requesting, requiring or purchasing genetic information, and strictly limits the disclosure of genetic information.

Why Should You Attend:
Join Ms. Elga Lejarza and avoid becoming one of the employers who will be violating GINA in 2018.
Employers must learn and comply with the requirements of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), not only for general privacy concerns but when administering leave of absence management.

Topic Background:
GINA was passed during President George W. Bush’s last days in office and became effective on November 21, 2009. Initially, the majority of the focus fell on GINA’s employment-related provisions of Title I, which prohibit discrimination in employment based on Genetic Information. 
The focus then shifted to the provisions relating to the acquisition and confidentiality of “Genetic Information,” as that term is defined in GINA. 
This webinar will address:
GINA background
What is exactly GINA
GINA definitions
Employers’ requirements under GINA
GINA Provisions Relating to Acquisition of Medical Information
What constitutes a “request” for Genetic Information

Areas Covered in the Webinar:
Why do Employers need to be concerned about GINA?
GINA and Employment
GINA and Health Insurance
Do we have GINA information in our employees files?
Tests covered by GINA
Family members under GINA
Exceptions to the Acquisition of Genetic Information as a GINA Violation: Employee Medical Information Requested for Leaves of Absence.
Training programs
Confidentiality of genetic information
Exceptions to confidentiality
Remedies and enforcement
Disparate impact
Lawful medical inquiries and exams
Medical information that is not genetic information
Authorization of appropriations
GINA Warning
Compliance Tips
GINA’s recent EEOC cases
And much more!

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