EEOC may extend recordkeeping requirements to GINA-covered entities

Today's post comes from G.Neil's HR News Weekly:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is recommending an extension of the recordkeeping requirements under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employers and entities covered by Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

To clarify all those acronyms and numbers, what this means is this: The EEOC would like to update the current Title VII and ADA recordkeeping regulations to add references to GINA. According to the EEOC, the proposal wouldn't create additional documents or impose any new reporting requirements. Rather, it would extend the same record retention requirements under GINA that are imposed under Title VII and the ADA.

(As a reminder, Title II of GINA prohibits the use of genetic information to make employment decisions, while also restricting the acquisition or disclosure of genetic information by employers and other GINA-covered entities.)

The EEOC is accepting comments on the proposed rule until August 1, 2011. Check back here for updates.

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