GINA Lawsuits are Becoming More Common

  When the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was first published many people were puzzled. They thought “We don’t collect genetic information. We are not taking swabs and running to the lab, so how are we going to get in trouble with this law?” Well companies are getting in trouble and GINA lawsuits are becoming …

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and GINA

Everyone has seen the pink ribbons. Everyone as seen the signs and shirts and stickers in support of TA-TAs. Everyone should know that October in the United States is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a very worthy and noble cause and one I have contributed to often. Many of us have women working for …

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Genetic Information NonDiscrimination: Will This Lead to Smokers Being Protected?

There was a recent article in USA Today entitled Coffee Additction May Be Grounded in Genes. The article states that there is a consumption gene that appears to dictate either high consumption of caffeine or low consumption of caffeine. The head researcher is quoted saying “People don’t really suspect it, but genetics plays a big …

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GINA Final Regulations are Effective 1/10/2011: Are You Ready?

I received in my email a notification that Monday, January 10th is the date that the FINAL regulations on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act are effective. Many of you may have received the same thing. If not I am going to summarize the provisions you need to be aware of in order to be prepared. …

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GINA: Put the DNA on the ground, Step Away and No one will get hurt

GINA, or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was passed in 2008. It passed unnoticed by many companies because much of the emphasis was originally put on Title I of the Act which set down the standards for use of genetic information by health insurance companies. So most companies, particulary small ones, did not think it applied …

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