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EEOC Proposes GINA Regulations

The EEOC has published proposed regulations relating to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”).   GINA prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee or applicant based on genetic information.  The definition of “genetic information” includes an “individual’s genetic tests, the genetic tests of family members of such individuals, and the manifestation of a disease […]

EEOC Discrimination Charges Soar

The EEOC recently reported that workplace discrimination charge filings soared to an unprecedented level of 95,402 during 2008.  This figure constitutes a 15% increase over the prior year.  In the private sector, every major categories of charge filings increased.  The largest annual increases were charges based on age discrimination and retaliation.  Discrimination allegations based on […]

COBRA Procedures Changed by Stimulus Package

The enactment into law of HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, (ARRA) implements new temporary procedures for employers relating to the administration of Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) benefits.   HR 1 establishes a 65% government subsidy for eligible workers towards their COBRA coverage for up to 9 months. The […]