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Genetic Information Non Discrimination Act

October 30, 2009, Michael B. Rush

The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (the “Act” or “GINA”) becomes effective on November 21, 2009, and employers should be aware of  provisions related to employment practices.  The Act, which the late Senator Edward Kennedy called the "first major new civil rights bill of the new century,” was designed with two purposes in mind: (1) to protect the public from potential discrimination; and (2) to allay the public’s concerns about potential discrimination, so that individuals would be more comfortable taking advantage of genetic testing, technologies, research and new therapies.

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