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SBA Advocacy urges GINA clarification

The U.S. Small Business Administration has gone to bat for small business owners concerning proposed rules by the sbalogoEqual Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). The Office of Advocacy of the SBA has submitted comments asking for clarification on the rules. The proposed rule prohibits the use of genetic information to discriminate in employment, and regulates how employers may use and store genetic information.

Shawne McGibbon, acting chief counsel for Advocacy, said in a letter to EEOC, “Most small businesses do not have human resources staff, and it is often the principals of a company that have to implement workplace regulations and make employment decisions. Advocacy recommends that the EEOC develop a small business compliance guide that would provide practical examples of definitions, prohibited conduct, employer best practices and the interaction of this rule with other workplace regulations.”

She added, “Advocacy applauds the EEOC’s efforts to reach out to small businesses to explain the proposal, answer questions and listen to the concerns of small businesses. Advocacy is pleased to forward the comments and concerns of small businesses on this issue, and is willing to assist the EEOC in preparing a small business compliance guide based on public comments and the recommendations in this letter.”

You can read the SBA Advocacy letter and the specific recommendations by going to

Source: U. S. Small Business Administration

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