Sunday, November 22, 2009

Genetic Anti-discrimination Law Takes Effect

On November 21, 2009, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (Pub.L. 110-233) took effect. From the LA Times:
The most sweeping federal anti-discrimination law in nearly 20 years takes effect today, prohibiting employers from hiring, firing or determining promotions based on genetic makeup. Additionally, health insurers will not be allowed to consider a person's genetics -- such as predisposition for Parkinson's disease -- to set insurance rates or deny coverage. Not since the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 has the federal government implemented such far-reaching workplace protections.
The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 21, 2008.

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