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EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two final rules describing how employer wellness programs must comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the...more

OCR New Guidance Aims to Help Medical Mobile App Developers Predict when HIPAA Obligations Might Apply

Predicting whether the activities of a mobile health application developer trigger legal obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) presents some new challenges – not surprising...more

OCR Announces Guidance on Individual's Right to Access Health Information Under HIPAA

On January 7, 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services released a fact sheet and the first of a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to explain an individual’s rights under...more

HHS OCR Issues Rule Modifying HIPAA In Effort To Fight Gun Violence

On January 4, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a rule modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule to expressly...more

HIPAA Privacy Rule Amended To Permit Reporting of Firearm Background Check Information

The January 6, 2016 Federal Register included a final rule (“Final Rule”) amending the HIPAA Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain “covered entities” to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System...more

Does your organization’s new year’s resolution violate employee privacy?

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is a renewed commitment to health and fitness. Many employers also seek to update or introduce wellness programs at the beginning of the year with the goal of improving their...more

Health Care E-Note - December 2015

A little-noticed provision in the federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 calls for OSHA to increase its penalties to adjust for inflation for the first time since 1990. Please see full E-Note below for more...more

The EEOC And Wellness Programs: The Other Shoe Drops! (But It's Not That Bad)

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The GINA proposal accompanies a proposed rule on employer wellness...more

Judge finds Genesis Healthcare free of any FCRA violations

On October 1, 2015, U.S. District Judge Mark Kearney rules that Genesis Healthcare LLC (Genesis) did not violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when it employed a third party to conduct a criminal history background...more

DOL Issues Updated FMLA Notices and Forms Addressing GINA "Safe Harbor" Language Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new versions of the agency's template Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices and certification forms, which have been approved for use for the next three years.  The new...more

DOL Releases Updated FMLA Health Care Provider Certification Forms - Employers: Begin Using the New Forms Immediately; Note the...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published updated health care provider certification forms for employers to provide employees who request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) due to any one of the...more

EEOC Guidance: Redesigning Wellness Programs to Comply with the ADA

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been actively taking legal action against employers over wellness programs that it considers coercive under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), companies...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Programs Rules under the ADA – Is Your Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program “Voluntary”?

Wellness programs are becoming more popular among employers as a way to promote healthy lifestyles for their employees. Most employers are aware that their wellness programs must comply with the nondiscrimination rules under...more

EEOC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Interplay Between ADA and Employee Wellness Programs

Despite existing guidance available to employers under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), employers have long faced uncertainty about the legality of their...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations on Employee Wellness Programs

In the past year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against certain employers challenging the legality of their “wellness programs.” Wellness programs provide incentives to employees...more

Five Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management Concerns Impacting Retailers

Retailers will be busy this summer attempting to conform their policies and procedures to various local, state, and federal laws, such as the spate of state and city sick leave laws, and analyzing proposed amendments by the...more

DOL Issues New FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor has finally issued new FMLA forms. These forms (WH-380-E, WH-380-F, WH-381, WH-382, WH-384, WH-385, and WH-385V) may be accessed from the DOL’s website. The prior FMLA forms expired well before the new...more

A Year in Review: Key HIPAA Settlement Agreements by HHS’s Office for Civil Rights

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights had another busy year in 2014. More resolution agreements were signed by HHS and Covered Entities than in the previous year, and several Covered...more

EEOC Proposes Regulatory Clarification on the Application of the ADA to Employer Wellness Program Incentives

Action Item: Employers who already have, or are considering implementing, wellness programs that involve cost-sharing reductions or other financial incentives for participants should carefully review their programs given the...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule Addressing Employer Wellness Programs and the ADA

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a proposed rule to amend the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as it...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – April 2015

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published proposed regulations addressing how employers can implement wellness programs that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

EEOC Proposes Rules Related to Employee Wellness Programs

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), and in an age of overall rising healthcare costs, many employers are instituting more robust wellness programs in order to reduce their health insurance costs. In these...more

Employment Law Reporter – May 2015

EEOC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Employer Wellness Programs — Some Employers Don’t Feel So Good As a Result. On April 20, 2015, just in time for the summer fitness fads and weight loss challenges, the Equal...more

Pharmacy Settles HIPAA Investigation for $125,000

On April 22, 2015, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) entered into its first HIPAA violation settlement in 2015. The settlement requires Cornell Prescription Pharmacy, a small pharmacy located in the Denver area to pay the OCR...more

EEOC Proposed Regulations May Require Revisions to Your Tobacco Prevention Wellness Program

In our April 21 blog, Wellness Programs: Agencies Issue Helpful Guidance but Look Before You Leap, Nancy Campbell wrote about the release of the much-anticipated EEOC proposed regulations concerning wellness programs. In her...more

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