Legal Alert: DOL Releases Wellness Program Checklist


In an effort to help control escalating health care costs, many employers have begun offering various types of programs designed to encourage employees to engage in a healthier lifestyle. These efforts range from offering healthier choices in vending machines and reimbursing gym membership fees to providing reduced health insurance premiums for employees who stop smoking or have a certain cholesterol level. If an employer?s wellness program is in any way connected to an ERISA covered group health plan, it must comply with the HIPAA nondiscrimination provisions.

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