Americans with Disabilities Act Wellness Programs

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -
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A Wellness Win for Employers, But Will it Last?

As explained in our April 21, 2015 and May 9, 2015 blog posts, wellness programs that are part of a group health plan are subject to the HIPAA nondiscrimination rules, and other state and federal laws including, but not...more

EEOC Not Feeling So Well After Loss over Wellness Program

In prior blogs, I discussed pending cases that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) was bringing against wellness programs in the interim before clear guidance was given by the agency on how to craft these...more

EEOC v. Flambeau, Voluntary Plans, the Insurance Safe Harbor, and the Future of Wellness Programs

The benefits world was set abuzz late last year with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc., in which the Federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin upheld the validity of Wisconsin-based...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 29, 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule entitled, “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs: Mental Health Parity and...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Spring 2016

A Publication from Epstein Becker Green and The ERISA Industry Committee Epstein Becker Green and The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) are pleased to release the current issue of the Benefits Litigation Update...more

Popularity and Pitfalls of Wellness Plans for Employers

Recently, wellness programs have gained popularity in the workplace. Approximately one half of all employers offer some kind of wellness program. This is due, in part, to the notion that healthy employees are more productive...more

The Latest Legal Developments Involving Wellness Programs [Video]

Nexsen Pruet tax and employee benefits attorney Sue Odom has produced a new video looking at the latest legal developments involving wellness programs. This includes several challenges to company programs by the Equal...more

The Increasingly Complex Law of Wellness Program Incentives

Case Study. A manufacturer wants to promote better health among its workforce by implementing a wellness program. Trying to keep it simple, the employer tells employees that they will receive a $50 per month credit toward...more

Quirky Question #270: A Win for Wellness Plans

Question: Our company offers employees a self-funded and self-insured health plan. We’d now like to implement a wellness program. Can we require employees to complete a health risk assessment which requests personal medical...more

EEOC Loses Another Wellness Case, Part 1

The EEOC has been bringing lawsuits against employers challenging wellness programs. A recent case involved a company that had previously provided a credit to employees enrolled in the health plan who participated in a health...more

Another Win for Wellness: The Erosion of Voluntary Participation

Consider the following wellness program scenario: A company implements a program that incentivizes employees to take a health risk assessment and undergo biometric screening. The assessment asks questions about the...more

Employee Wellness Programs Challenged By EEOC (UPDATE)

UPDATE - Workplace efforts by employers to encourage employees to take better care of themselves have become increasingly common in recent years. A chief reason behind the growth in employee wellness programs is that...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2016

Editor's Overview - This month's article reviews a few non-ERISA cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, which may, depending on the breadth of the decisions, impact ERISA litigation. First, in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the...more

Employee Wellness Programs Challenged By EEOC

Workplace efforts by employers to encourage employees to take better care of themselves have become increasingly common in recent years. A chief reason behind the growth in employee wellness programs is that employers can...more

Employment Matters Monthly - February 2016

A Note from the Editors - If January was a harbinger of what's in store for 2016, it's sure to be a busy year for HR professionals and employment attorneys. And Employment Matters is certainly here to guide you along the...more

Employment Law - January 2016 #2

EU Permits Employers to Monitor Private Employee Communications - Why it matters - In a favorable ruling for employers, the European Union's (EU) highest court concluded that an employee's right to privacy was not...more

Wellness Program Exempted from ADA

A federal district court in Wisconsin has upheld an employer-sponsored wellness program against a challenge by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

EEOC Denied in Attempt to Apply ADA Rules to Wellness Plan Tied to Group Health Plan

On the last day of 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) in its suit against an employer under the Americans with Disabilities...more

EEOC Faces Another Defeat in its War Against Wellness Programs

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has steadfastly maintained that any wellness program that is not voluntary violates the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”). In 2014, the Chicago District Office...more

Big Employer Win in Wellness Program Case EEOC v. Flambeau

For the past couple of years, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been challenging employer wellness programs for their alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The most recent...more

Federal Court Says Employer’s All-or-Nothing Requirement that Employees Submit to Wellness Program or Lose Health Insurance is...

Last month, a district court in Wisconsin dealt a blow to the EEOC and the future of its proposed ADA wellness program regulations. In EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc., the court held that that an employer did not violate the...more

District Court to EEOC: Leave Wellness Enough Alone

A Wisconsin federal district court dismissed (with prejudice) a complaint by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that a company’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC...more

A Win for Wellness Programs: Federal Judge Rules No ADA Violation (No Matter What the EEOC Says)

The question of whether a wellness program violates the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been unclear for some time. The Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...more

UPDATE – What's On the Horizon for Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs and the EEOC in 2016?

In this December 18, 2015, article, we discussed employer-sponsored wellness programs and the EEOC's apparent apprehension of them. The article referenced the EEOC's lawsuit against plastics manufacturer Flambeau, Inc. in...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2015

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2015 (hereafter “Report”), our fifth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

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