U.S. employers with 15 or more employees must post workplace notices to inform applicants and employees about their rights under federal anti-discrimination laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently published an updated version of its required “Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law” poster, updated to refer to the employment provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that will go into effect November 21, 2009, as well as changes resulting from the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 that took effect in January.
All employers should replace their existing federal EEO poster with the new version, or add a new supplementary poster, also available from the EEOC. Links to the new poster and the supplement, as well as instructions on how to order multiple printed copies from an EEOC clearinghouse, can be found at the EEOC’s website. The EEOC says that Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic versions of the posters will become available before GINA takes effect.