The GINA’s Out of the Bottle–And It’s a New Weapon in the Work-Family Arsenal

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), went into effect in November 2009. Title II of the Act, which applies to employers, amends Title VII to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of genetic information. GINA was intended to address a very specific concern–specifically, that the advancement of genetic science would lead to employment (and insurance) discrimination based on an individual’s potential to contract a certain disease as reflected in genetic markers. But GINA’s language has a far broader reach, which may well become the newest and most useful weapon in the work-family arsenal. Continue reading

The 5 Medical Conditions That Employers Don’t Want to See in a Candidate

medical-health-sign1Employees who smoke are currently unpopular with the nation’s employers.  But they are not alone.  The Philadelphia e-zine, Philly Burbs, writes that there are five other “conditions” that employers will avoid in a potential job candidate.  You can decide for yourself whether there is any truth in this claim. Continue reading

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Passes the Senate But Is Old News In Delaware

dnaGenetic testing is a key advance in preventative health care. But opponents of DNA testing worry about privacy issues–that employers may use genetic data in making employment decisions. The Genetic Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 (GINA) is intended to prevent that. Continue reading